Annual Forum of Developing Country Investment Negotiators

The Annual Forum of Developing Country Investment Negotiators is the only global assembly on investment negotiation exclusively for government officials from developing and emerging economies.

The Forum has evolved into more than just a meeting. It is a community of government officials. By sharing experiences and lessons learned, this group works toward systemic reform as a means to safeguard the best interests of their developing nations.

The overarching goal of the event is to ensure that developing countries are able to attract responsible investment that advances sustainable development and also safeguards their legitimate policy space. Participants discuss emerging issues, review recent legal developments in the field, and engage in peer learning with fellow negotiators. The community is able to remain engaged between annual gatherings through IISD's Investment Policy Network, regional meetings, and peer-to-peer exchanges.

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

The most recent Forum—hosted by the Government of Thailand in September 2020—was held virtually due to COVID-19. Despite challenges presented by pivoting to a new format, the 13th Annual Forum attracted more than 260 participants from 69 countries and over 40 regional and international institutions and organizations.

Co-organizers and partner organizations

As the Annual Forum organizer, 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:


Find out more about the Annual Forum and hear what participants, including Ambassador Xavier Carim of South Africa, have to say about the value of attending.


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