ITPO Network

Investment and Technology Promotion Offices (ITPOs)

What is the ITPO Global Network?

In 1986, UNIDO introduced the very first Investment Promotion Services, which would become the UNIDO Network of Investment and Technology Promotion Offices (ITPOs). Since then, the UNIDO ITPOs have contributed to reducing development imbalances, by brokering investment and technology agreements between developed, developing countries and countries with economies in transition. Located in both hemispheres, the specialized network of UNIDO ITPOs opens up opportunities for investors and technology suppliers to find potential partners and offers unique services to both entrepreneurs and business institutions.

What services do they offer?

>> Providing professional support to enterprises for partnership and business negotiations

ITPOs guide potential investors from their host countries and from developing countries at each stage of the investment cycle, from project identification through appraisal to implementation. In doing so, ITPOs offer a full package of up-to-date information on screened and validated investment opportunities, including manufacturing facilities, and technology supply sources. ITPOs also provide first-hand knowledge on how to do business in local environments, including legal and economic aspects.

>> Operating the Delegate programme for investment and technology promotion

Within this programme, ITPOs host officials from developing countries and economies in transition to give them hands-on training in investment promotion techniques so that delegates are able to promote portfolios of screened investment and technology opportunities from their own countries. Thereafter, delegates act as contact points between their countries and potential foreign partners.

ITPO offices worldwide


ITPOs benefit from intra-organizational linkages with other UNIDO’s worldwide Networks including the UNIDO International Technology Centres (ITCs), the Subcontracting and Partnership Exchanges (SPXs), the numerous Export Consortia and the joint UNIDO/UNEP National Cleaner Production Centres (NCPCs); therefore providing value-added services to clients and partners. Furthermore, through the AfrIPAnet operations and the UNIDO Investment and Technology Promotion Programme for Africa, the ITPOs enjoy strong partnerships with numerous national Investment Promotion Agencies (IPAs) in African countries. More broadly, ITPOs regularly interact with both public and private entities that foster international business cooperation and partnerships.

For more information about the ITPO Global Network, please contact:

Lucia Cartini
Industrial Development Officer
Telephone: +43 (0) 126 026 4850
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