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Annual Forum of Developing Country Investment Negotiators

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The Annual Forum is a platform for discussing current trends and perspectives aimed at ensuring that the developmental goals and objectives of developing countries are promoted by international, regional and bilateral investment agreements.

In 2007 IISD convened the First Annual Forum of Developing Country Investment Negotiators, with the aim of creating an opportunity for developing countries to freely consider and develop their own negotiating priorities and goals in relation to international investment treaties.

This event responded to the growing demand from developing countries for a counterbalance to the OECD Investment Committee as a forum for developed country negotiators and policy-makers on investment and sought to institutionalize this process. Demand has grown each year for participation in and hosting the events.

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Consultation Process

At the 9th Annual Forum of Developing Country Investment Negotiators which took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in November 2015, negotiators and policy makers from some 50 developing countries expressed their desire to develop a set of principles on investment from a developing country perspective, building on UNCTAD’s Investment Policy Framework for Sustainable Development. In response, a preliminary draft of a set of South-South Principles on International Investment for Sustainable Development was developed based on several consultation rounds. The draft was presented and discussed at the 10th Annual Forum of Developing Country Investment Negotiators held in Colombo, Sri Lanka in November 2016. The current outcome of the ongoing consultation process can be found here.

111 Developing Countries Have Attended IISD's Annual Forum

See an interactive map for more details, including the full country list.

Additionally, there has been regular participation from the following international and regional organisations:

  • UNCTAD
  • COMESA
  • COMSEC
  • UEMOA
  • SADC
  • UNECA
  • CARICOM
  • OCTA
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    The Annual Forum of Developing Country Investment Negotiators

    The Annual Forum of Developing Country Investment Negotiators

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