Investment Policy Forum

(Formerly known as the Annual Forum of Developing Country Investment Negotiators)

IISD hosts the annual Investment Policy Forum, the world's only yearly assembly on investment negotiation exclusively for emerging and developing economies.

We are delighted to announce that the 15th edition of the Investment Policy Forum will take place in Panama City, Panama, on October 25-27, 2023.

The Investment Policy Forum was launched in Singapore in 2007 to tackle the unique investment-related challenges facing developing and emerging economies. It has since evolved into an annual event and an indispensable global community of government officials working on investment issues.

Through the sharing of experiences, expertise, and best practices, and the discussion of emerging issues, the network helps to create systemic reform advancing sustainable development in emerging economies across the world

The core goal of the event is to ensure that participating countries are able to attract responsible investment that advances sustainable development while safeguarding their legitimate policy space. Between events, the community also remains engaged through IISD's Investment Policy Network, regional meetings, and peer-to-peer exchanges.

14th Annual Forum, October 2022

The 14th Annual Forum took place in Abuja, Nigeria, in October 2022. The theme of the event was “Coherence in International Investment: Governance, Crafting a Holistic Approach to Investments that Work for Sustainable Development.” Find all the information on the 14th Forum here, and the report summarizing the Forum here

The Abuja Forum was also complemented by a High-Level Preparatory Launch Event in September, 2021

Co-organizers and Partner Organizations

As the Annual Forum organizer, IISD has partnered with international and regional organizations that have been regularly represented at the meetings:


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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