Facilitation 2.0: Investment and Trade in the Digital Age

Brief
Date period
25 September 2018

In recent years, investment facilitation has taken an important place in the investment policy debate. This paper provides an overview on how investment facilitation is currently considered in international investment agreements (IIAs), including both bilateral investment treaties (BITs) and regional trade agreements (RTAs) with investment chapters, aimed at identifying common approaches that could serve as stepping stones for convergence across IIAs and between them and the multilateral trade system. The analysis is framed within the broader vision of Facilitation 2.0, a comprehensive approach to twenty-first-century trade facilitation for sustainable development that encompasses services, goods, investment, and e-commerce.

The think piece is part of a series of four publications:

Facilitation 2.0: Investment and Trade in the Digital Age

Facilitation 2.0: Services and Trade in the Digital Age

Facilitation 2.0: E-commerce and Trade in the Digital Age

Facilitation 2.0: Goods and Trade in the Digital Age (forthcoming)

 

The RTA Exchange, jointly implemented by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), is a platform that convenes purposeful multi-stakeholder dialogues that work in the interest of constructing better trade and investment agreements for sustainable development at the regional and multilateral levels.