Annual Forum of Developing Country Investment Negotiators

The Annual Forum of Developing Country Investment Negotiators is the only global platform for government officials exclusively from developing and emerging economies to share experiences and lessons learned from investment negotiations.

The Forum is more than just a meeting. It has evolved into a community of government officials determined to work towards systemic reform and to safeguard the best interests of their developing nations.

More than 260 participants from 69 countries and over 40 regional and international institutions and organizations attended the 13th Annual Forum in 2020, which was organized by IISD and hosted by the Government of Thailand. It was also the first-ever virtual edition. The Forum gives participants an opportunity to discuss emerging issues, review recent legal developments in the field, and engage in peer learning with fellow negotiators.

111 developing countries have attended our Annual Forum since it was launched in 2007.

Forum participants remain engaged in the community through IISD's Investment Policy Network, regional meetings, and peer-to-peer exchanges.

The goal of the Annual Forum is to ensure that developing countries are able to attract responsible investment that advances sustainable development while safeguarding their legitimate policy space.

Co-organizers and partner organizations

In hosting the Annual Forums, IISD has partnered with various international and regional organizations, which have been regularly represented at the meetings:

Learn more about each forum

Each year, the Forum is co-hosted by a developing country government in rotation from Asia to Africa to Latin America:


Watch what Ambassador Xavier Carim of South Africa and other participants said about the value of the Annual Forum in this video.


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