Annual Forum of Developing Country Investment Negotiators

The world’s only global assembly on investment negotiation exclusively for government officials from developing and emerging economies.

The Annual Forum of Developing Country Investment Negotiators was first launched in Singapore in 2007 as a strategic event aimed at tackling the unique investment-related changes of developing and emerging economies. It has since evolved into an annual event and an indispensable community of investment-focused government officials. By sharing experiences and lessons learned, this group works to achieve systemic reform to help safeguard their best interests.

The overarching goal of the event is to ensure that participating 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. Between events, the community also remains engaged through IISD's Investment Policy Network, regional meetings, and peer-to-peer exchanges.

The Forum has been hosted by a wide range of host countries, with the Fourteenth edition scheduled to take place in Abuja, Nigeria in early 2022. The Abuja Forum was also complemented by a High-Level Preparatory Launch Event.

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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