I would first like to congratulate Isitech Business School for organizing this National Conference on Foreign Direct Investment and for its recent affiliation with Coventry University. Higher educational institutions have a crucial role to play in encouraging reflection and analysis on themes of national and global relevance and enrich the policy debate on emerging issues in economic, social and developmental fields. I am therefore thankful to the Isitech Business School for bringing together economists, financial analysts, researchers and practitioners to share their views on Foreign Direct Investment. We are all aware of the importance of foreign direct investment in the international economic system and how its acts as a catalyst to development. It is also known that FDI’s do not come automatically and are not spread evenly among countries and sectors. There is need for strong national policies, a stable political environment and a transparent and effective policy environment to encourage investment.
- Rajesh Jeetah
- Dr Jeetah was elected Member of the National Assembly in December 2003 for the first time for Constituency No.7 (Piton/Rivière du Rempart), and remained so until April 2005. Dr Jeetah was re-elected as: • Member of the National Assembly for Constituency No.11 (Vieux Grand Port-Rose Belle), in 2005 and became Minister of Industry, Small and Medium Enterprises, Commerce & Cooperatives (2005 to 2008).He became Minister of Health & Quality of Life (2008 to 2010). • Member of the National Assembly for Constituency No.10 (Montagne Blanche- GRSE)in 2010 and became Minister of Tertiary Education, Science, Research and Technology till 2014. Education and Qualifications: a. University of Cambridge (2002 -2003) - ACU Research Fellowship b. University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) (1984-1993) • BSc (Hons) – Textile Technology • PhD – Textile Technology