Crafting a Framework on Investment Facilitation

Brief
Date period
12 June 2018

A coalition of over 70 World Trade Organization members endorsed a Joint Ministerial Statement on Investment Facilitation for Development (WT/MIN(17)/59) during the global trade club’s Eleventh Ministerial Conference (MC11) in December 2017. The statement outlined the group’s interest in exploring more “structured discussions” on the issue, with the objective of crafting a “multilateral framework on investment facilitation.” Given this development, this policy brief aims to provide context to the investment facilitation discussion, both inside the WTO and externally, along with mapping issues and options for interested members to consider going forward.