The Arab International Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

The Arab International Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation Training (AICEI) was established under the banner of South-South Cooperation through the joint efforts of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Bahraini Government and the Inter Regional Center the Bahraini Government and the Inter Regional Center for Entrepreneurship & Investment Training (IRC)-Government of India.

The Center functions with an objective of strengthening indigenous capacities of selected countries in the Arab, Asian and region in the areas of promoting domestic investments and facilitating foreign direct investments resulting in job creation, poverty alleviation and economic growth.

What is The World Entrepreneurs Investment Forum?

Achieving the SDGs through Promoting Entrepreneurship & Innovation

In line with the success achieved during the previous versions of WEIF; this year’s main theme is “Achieving the SDGs through Entrepreneurship & Innovation” but with special focus on “Investing in the 4th Industrial Revolution in a Digital Economy”. Hence, we intend to emphasize the pressing need to promote domestic investment for leveraging foreign direct investment, thus leading to job creation, but in the context of the challenges and opportunities laid out by the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR).

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Economic growth required for the eradication of poverty and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) depends on capital accumulation (investment) and technical change going hand in hand. Foreign direct investment (FDI) in particular is an important driver of industrial performance, as it is expected to improve industrial productivity growth directly by infusing new capital, technologies and managerial know-how, and by improving the average skills and efficiency levels of industry.

An important factor, inter alia, which would influence the success of FDI promotion efforts, is the availability of qualified local entrepreneurs/investors backing the investment projects.

However, finding qualified and capable local investors, and matching the expectations of foreign investors, still remains a grave problem in many developing countries. A credible local investor base will emerge only if the private sector is induced to engage in productive activities by encouraging domestic investments. Therefore, in order to attain growth, developing countries and those with economies in transition need to mobilize investment—both domestic and foreign—as well as modern technologies, so as to expand their productive assets.

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Opening Hours

Sunday 08:00 - 15:00
Monday 08:00 - 15:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 15:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 15:00
Thursday 08:00 - 15:00
Friday Closed
Saturday Closed


1st Step – Preparation & Empowerment

With the ultimate objective of assisting the potential entrepreneurs/investors to set up their own enterprises, the business skills development has been designed to cover the following:


  • Setting up an enterprise: Rules, procedures and formalities, whom to contact for what, nature and extent of assistance available from various institutions
  • Business Opportunity Identification: How to identify business opportunities, how to screen them, how to firm up a business idea for further exploration.
  • Market Assessment: How to assess the market potential, guidance in carrying out field work for market assessment for the proposed product/service
  • Entrepreneurial Competencies
  • Business Plan: Skills in preparing a Business Plan and assistance in finalizing it
  • Essentials of managing an enterprise
  • Inputs on how to implement a project/enterprise
2nd Step - Counseling & Technology Tie-up possibly leading to a full-fledged Joint Venture
3rd Step - Financial Linkages
4th Step – Virtual & In-wall Incubation
5th Step - Enterprise Growth Program


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Bahrain Financial Harbor
23rd Floor, West Tower,
Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain


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