Selected Recent Events:
From January 20-22, 2015, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia jointly hosted the training workshop Regional Interactive Meeting on the Development of Investment Treaty Models in Jakarta, Indonesia. The ASEAN Secretariat and 95 participants from 10 ASEAN countries participated in the meeting. The purpose of the workshop was to increase the capacity of government officials in dealing with investment treaty negotiations in the ASEAN and bilateral settings as well as to enhance their skills and knowledge with regard to the elaboration of investment treaty models at the individual country level and within the Southeast Asia region.
On September 15-19, 2014, IISD and the Mining Directorate of the Ministry of Energy and Mines of the Dominican Republic offered the training course "Building Capacity to Implement the Mining Policy Framework in the Dominican Republic" in Santo Domingo. The first three days of the course were dedicated to Social and Economic Benefit Optimization, and the final two days to Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining. By focusing on these topics, the course addressed the concerns identified in IISD's assessment of the Dominican Republic's readiness to implement the Mining Policy Framework (MPF) of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF). Participants included government officials, miners, and representatives of mining communities, cooperatives and companies.
In partnership with the Sustainable Development Strategies Group (SDSG), the Trade Policy Training Centre in Africa (TRAPCA) and the World Bank, IISD organized a training course on the negotiation of mine development agreements entitled "Mining Contracts: Understanding and Improving The Negotiation Process and Results." The seminar was designed for senior government officials who are involved in mining contract negotiations, and took place on May 26-30, 2014 in Arusha, Tanzania.
From March 31 to April 2, 2014, IISD and International Institute for Trade and Development (ITD) hosted a training workshop in Bangkok, Promoting Sustainable Investment in Agriculture: Critical Legal Issues, for Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) agricultural investment negotiators. In attendance were 21 government officials from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The goal of the workshop was to assist government officials in preparing for investment negotiations and drafting contracts with foreign investors that promote sustainable development. The focus was on long-term lease agreements for agricultural land.
The New Generation of Investment Policies for Sustainable Development: A regional training workshop for Southeast Asia
In cooperation with UNCTAD and ITD, IISD launched a regional training workshop for Southeast Asian countries on 27-31 May 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand. The workshop was attended by 25 participants; the majority came from ASEAN member states and were chosen based on their professional and academic experience in relation to investment law and policy. Nathalie Bernasconi-Osterwalder (IISD), Watcharas Leelawath (ITD) and Natalia Guerra de Arias (UNCTAD) hosted the opening ceremony and made a welcome address to all participants.
Participants at the Bangkok workshop, May 27-31, 2013
SADC moving forward on model bilateral investment treaty template
Investment policy-makers and investment treaty negotiators from the 15-member Southern African Development Community (SADC) convened in Pretoria, South Africa recently to engage in clause-by-clause, in-depth discussions of the draft SADC Model Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) Template and Commentary.