Mevlana Development Agency is a member of these organizations:
- WAIPA (World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies)
- EURADA (European Association of Development Agencies)
Information About EURADA
The European Association of Development Agencies
(EURADA) has a membership of about 150 regional development agencies from
across the European Union. Agencies from almost all the Member States of the EU
are EURADA members.
EURADA runs conferences and seminars
and has an extensive publications programme. It keeps its members up to date
with EU policy developments and provides briefing on critical issues such as
state aid rules. It alerts members to funding and contract opportunities and
helps with forming and running partnerships.
EURADA lobbies and briefs the
European Commission on behalf of members and maintains a highly effective
communications network there. Through round tables and reflection groups
individual EURADA members can play a direct role in the development of policy
at the Commission, and form their own links with officials.
EURADA brings together and
disseminates good practice in economic development for the benefit of its
members. From 2009 it will run an annual university-based summer school to help
members enhance the competence of their management teams.
EURADA has strong international
links, particularly through the International Economic Development Council
(IEDC) in the United States, but also with economic development networks in
China, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. There is a good record of members
using these links to pursue their own local objectives.
Mevlana Development Agency has been
a member of EURADA since 2011.
World Association of Investment
Promotion Agencies (WAIPA)
WAIPA was created as a
non-governmental organization in 1995 in Geneva, Switzerland. It is now in the
process of being filed with other relevant authorities. From its very
inception, WAIPA has represented an ever growing number of Member agencies: in
2008 WAIPA had 233 Members - by the end of 2009, the Association had an
additional 19 new Member agencies from 162 different countries.
Through its wide range of
activities, WAIPA provides the opportunity for investment promotion agencies
(IPAs) to network and exchange best practices in investment promotion. WAIPA
has always dedicated, and continues to dedicate, time and effort towards
building the human resources capacity of its Member agencies. Membership is
open to all entities the primary function of which is “to promote any country,
political sub-division of a country or other uncontested territory, as a
destination for, or source of, investments”.
WAIPA aims to improve cooperation
among IPAs on regional and global levels and to facilitate the experience
transfer on drawing investment.
The objectives of WAIPA, as broadly
reflected in the Association’s Statutes, are to;
Promote and develop understanding
and cooperation amongst IPAs,
Strengthen information gathering
systems, promote the efficient use of information and facilitate access to data
Share country and regional
experiences in attracting foreign investment and enhancing outward investments,
Assist IPAs in advising their
respective governments on the formulation of appropriate investment promotion
policies and strategies, and
Facilitate access to technical
assistance and promote training of IPAs.
There are many international
organizations helping WAIPA to reach these objectives. These are;
Climate Advisory Services (ICAS) of the World Bank Group,
Economic Development Council (IEDC),
for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD),
Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD),
Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).
MevlanaDevelopment Agency has been a
member of WAIPA since 2012.