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The Joint Initiative on Investment Facilitation: Developments from 2020 and the road ahead to MC12

This stocktaking brief provides an update on the structured discussions on investment facilitation among a group of World Trade Organization (WTO) members and subsequent negotiations, focusing on those developments that have taken place since the release of the streamlined text in early 2020.

Along with the procedural steps and transitions that have taken place in the investment facilitation talks over the past year, the authors refer to the wider context of COVID-19 and what the pandemic has meant for investment flows and governance processes. They provide an overview of the latest available version of the investment facilitation texts, including the informal consolidated text and revised draft text, as of February 2021, and outline where the talks are expected to go next.

This material has been produced with funding by UK aid from the UK Government. The Umbrella Grant is a project of the Trade and Investment Advocacy Fund (TAF2+) and is implemented by the International Institute for Sustainable Development, in consortium with CUTS International, Geneva and BKP Economic Advisors.

Views expressed in the publication are the authors’ own and do not necessarily reflect HM Government’s official positions or those of TAF2+.

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