IMPROVING POLICY COHERENCE TO ATTRACT EXPORT ORIENTED FDI FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: Taking Forward the Phase 3 of IIA reform

26 OCT 2018
08:00-09:30
ROOM XXVI

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IMPROVING POLICY COHERENCE TO ATTRACT EXPORT-ORIENTED FDI FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: TAKING FORWARD PHASE 3 OF IIA REFORM

Organized by CUTS International, this session addresses the challenges that developing countries face when designing investment policies for sustainable development and features the range of UNCTAD’s tools available for them to respond to these challenges (e.g. Investment Policy Framework for Sustainable Development (2015 version) or the Reform Package for the International Investment Regime (2018 version)). Particular attention will be given to investment policy coherence issues that arise when aiming to attract export-oriented foreign investment that generates concrete sustainable development benefits.

Issues for debate:

  • Looking at regulatory frameworks that potentially disincentivise foreign investors, what are the policy objectives underpinning them?
  • How to balance the concerns of foreign investors with those of host countries (including with respect to creating linkages and building capacities for local stakeholders and local industries)?
  • How to build the capacity of developing and least developed countries to achieve coherence among national investment policies to attract foreign investment for sustainable development?

SPEAKERS

Mr. Rajesh Aggarwal

Chief, Trade Facilitation and Policy for Business, International Trade Centre (ITC)

Mr. Pradeep S. Mehta

Secretary-General, Consumer Unity & Trust Society (CUTS International)

Ms. Adrienne Klasa

Development Finance Editor, fDi Magazine and The Banker

Mr. Thierry Kalonji

Director, Investment and Promotion and Private Sector Development, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)

Ms. Betty Maina

Principal Secretary, State Department of Investment and Industry Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives, Kenya

ORGANIZER

The break-out session is organized under the sole responsibility of the above-mentioned organizer. The UNCTAD secretariat is not responsible for the content of the discussions or for the material provided during the break-out session.