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.
Selected Recent Events:
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 31 March to 2 April 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.