Investment Policy Forum
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:
- South Centre
- Commonwealth Secretariat
- United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
- West African Economic and Monetary Union
- Caribbean Community
- Common Market of Eastern and Southern Africa
- Southern African Development Community
- Pacific Islands Forum, Office of the Chief Trade Adviser
- United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
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.
Previous Annual Forums
Each year, the Forum is co-hosted by a developing country government in rotation from Asia to Africa to Latin America.
14th Annual Forum of Developing Country Investment Negotiators
The 14th Annual Investment Forum took place in 2022 in Abuja, Nigeria, with the theme: Coherence in International Investment Governance
13th Annual Forum of Developing Country Investment Negotiators
The 13th Annual Forum was hosted by Thailand and took place virtually in 2020 with the theme: Investment Policymaking During COVID-19 and Beyond
12th Annual Forum of Developing Country Investment Negotiators
The 12th Annual Forum took place in 2019 in Cartagena, Colombia, with the theme: Shifting International Investment Law Toward Sustainable Development
11th Annual Forum of Developing Country Investment Negotiators
The 11th Annual Forum took place in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2018 with the theme: The Changing World of Investment Negotiations
10th Annual Forum of Developing Country Investment Negotiators
The 10th Annual Forum took place in 2016 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, with the theme: Reshaping Investment Law and Policy to Support the 2030 Development Agenda
9th Annual Forum of Developing Country Investment Negotiators
The 9th Annual Forum took place in 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with the theme: Investment Treaties in a State of Flux: Strategies and opportunities for developing countries
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