Define an investment facilitation index that allows countries to measure to what extent investment facilitation provisions are integrated in their international agreements.

Foster a global and regional common ground on investment policy that seeks to improve the efficiency and inclusiveness of the system by advancing coherence with the trade regime, and by including sustainability-related concerns in the debate.

Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz, Chief Executive of ICTSD, will be a speaker.

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Tuesday, 27 November 2018 - 9:00am to 6:00pm

In response to the Joint Statement on Investment Facilitation for Development at the MC11 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the resulting process, the WTO structured discussions on investment facilitation, is nearing the completion of its first year.

The aim of the dialogue is to take stock of the progress made during the structured discussions, juxtaposed to the objectives set out in the Joint Statement. Participants are invited to review the outcome, define the challenges and opportunities for the roadmap ahead, and to discuss the strategies that could be pursued to maintain the momentum towards MC12.

Participation is by invitation only.

This dialogue is a part of ICTSD’s WTO: Paths Forward initiative, a platform that provides the research, ideas and neutral spaces negotiators need to ensure the technical work required for a successful 12th WTO Ministerial Conference moves forward.

Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz, Chief Executive of ICTSD, is the moderator.

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Thursday, 18 October 2018 - 8:30am to 10:30am

Registration is required to attend this interactive webinar. Please register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8078645586156903949?source=Website

Intensive structured discussions on a multilateral framework on investment facilitation are underway in the WTO, following a Joint Ministerial Statement on Investment Facilitation for Development adopted by 70 members at the Organization’s 11th Ministerial Conference in December last year. They are conducted against a 23% fall in foreign direct investment flows in 2017, and projections indicating a fragile growth for 2018.

Regardless of the momentum, a number of countries, including developing countries, are reluctant to engage in these structured discussions. Their concerns persist despite the joint statement explicitly stating that the core objective for creating the framework is to increase the participation of developing and least developing countries in global investment flows.

This webinar—which will be conducted in an interactive manner and allow for questions by participants—will discuss the principal issues surrounding the negotiations of a multilateral framework on investment facilitation.  The questions addressed include the following:

- Why a multilateral framework on investment facilitation?

- What could such a framework contain and would it promote sustainable FDI?

- Why should such a binding framework be negotiated in the WTO?

- What are the specific needs of, and benefits for, developing countries?

- Where do we go from here?

WTO: Paths Forward is an ICTSD initiative that provides the research, ideas and neutral spaces negotiators need to ensure the technical work required for a successful 12th WTO Ministerial Conference moves forward.

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Tuesday, 9 October 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

In order to attract foreign direct investment, many countries have recognised the importance of focusing on domestic reforms in the area of investment facilitation – including regulatory transparency, streamlining administrative processes and dispute prevention. However, investment facilitation efforts should not just be designed to attract more investment, but also the right kind of investment, which contributes to the long-term development of the local economy, preserves the environment and improves societal outcomes.

Organized by ICTSD, UNCTAD and the World Economic Forum, this interactive dialogue will identify and share policies and practices that have facilitated investment for sustainable development in the host economy.

The dialogue will seek to answer the following questions:

- What challenges prevent developing countries from successfully attracting and retaining long-term, sustainable investment?

- What are successful and failed examples of investment facilitation policies and how can impacts on the host community be improved?

- What policy recommendations should be prioritised at the regional and international levels to facilitate more sustainable investment flows for value chain upgrading?

The breakfast is organised as part of the World Investment Forum 2018. Attendance to this event is by invitation only.

Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz, Chief Executive of ICTSD, is the moderator and facilitator.

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Thursday, 25 October 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am