Training Courses for Developing Countries

What's New in Investment and Sustainable Development?

  • IISD will be organizing a five-day training course entitled "Building Capacity to Implement the Mining Policy Framework in the Dominican Republic." The seminar will take place on 15-19 September in Santo Domingo. With the participation of government agencies, companies, civil society, communities and miners, participants will develop greater awareness and technical knowledge regarding how to optimize social and economic benefits from mining and how to better manage and regulate artisanal and small-scale mining.

Starting in 2007, IISD has been organising training courses for government officials from developing countries.

One concern raised again and again by developing countries facing the stresses of investment negotiations and arbitrations is the lack of capacity available for this task. This is especially important in Africa, where pressure to negotiate investment agreements continues to increase. Moreover, African countries have been named respondents in a growing number of investor-State disputes arising under international investment agreements. Countries ranging from the Democratic Republic of Congo to Tanzania, from Egypt to the Seychelles have been named respondents in investor-State arbitrations. Two key areas of arbitration have been infrastructure privatisations and natural resources management, both critical areas of development policy.

Increasing the capacity of governments to conduct informed negotiations is critical not only for the states themselves but also for foreign investors. Better trained officials with an understanding of the implications of international investment agreements should lead to improved implementation and enforcement of any guarantees provided to foreign investors in such agreements. In addition, the continued threat of new arbitrations in a range of economic sectors makes understanding the content and process of these agreements critical.

Among the key capacities needed are:

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