8th Annual Forum of Developing Country Investment Negotiators
The Eighth Annual Forum of Developing Country Investment Negotiators was held in Montreux, Switzerland, from November 5 to 7, 2014, and was attended by 99 participants from 54 countries.
The Forum examined the challenges in the relationships between investment treaties and economic development, with a focus on industrial policy, investment liberalization and performance requirements. It was co-hosted by the Government of Liberia, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the South Centre.
The annual forum is a platform for senior developing and emerging country government officials to discuss trends and perspectives in the current geo-political landscape of investment-related negotiations. At a time when industrialized countries are increasing pressure to accept long-term investment agreements aimed at broadening their access to developing country markets and natural resources, host states in Africa, Asia and Latin America are beginning to evaluate the potential risks and benefits.
The forum offers a space for debate and exchange on the challenges and opportunities arising within regions and individual countries that are reaching for inclusive growth and sustainable development. By analyzing the most recent trends, the forum assists developing countries in finding solutions, building on lessons learned by peers and strengthening practical South-South cooperation activities in the investment policy area.
Learn more about the Annual Forums of Developing Country Investment Negotiators
Reflecting on a Year Online: Lessons from an IISD survey of international investment negotiators
Participants in this webinar will have opportunities to discuss a forthcoming IISD report on virtual negotiations on international investment governance, while also sharing their experiences with and views on the challenges and opportunities involved.
Asia-Pacific Workshop on UNCTAD's Phase 3 of IIA Reform: Improving investment policy coherence and synergies
This joint workshop for the Asia-Pacific region takes a close look at the reform of international investment agreements (IIAs), considering at how states can address the risks that can result from investor-state dispute settlement claims involving most-favoured nation clauses and “nationality planning.”
Webinar on Valuation in Investment Arbitration: Spotlight on discounted cash flow analysis
This webinar explored the critical issue of compensation (or "damages") in international investment law, with a panel of expert speakers examining arbitral tribunals' increasing willingness to use a valuation technique known as discounted cash flow (DCF) analysis when calculating compensation.
European Regional Consultation on International Investment Agreements and Human Rights to Support the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
This regional consultation is being convened by the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights and hosted jointly by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), and the Essex Business and Human Rights Project in the University of Essex School of Law and Human Rights Center.