High-level International Investment Agreements (IIA) Conference 2018

24 Oct 2018
15:00 – 18:00

High-level International Investment Agreements (IIA) Conference 2018

Going beyond IIAs: Fostering Coherence through Phase 3 of Reform

Mobilizing investment and channelling it towards the SDGs require adequate policy frameworks, at both the international and national levels, and in the investment and other policy fields. Countries have been working on reforming their international investment treaty networks. But there is also a need to consider national investment laws reform and ensure that investment policies are coherent with and supportive of other public policies. These challenges are taken up in Phase 3 of IIA Reform. Based on UNCTAD’s Reform Package for the International Investment Regime (2017), the 2018 IIA Conference will take stock of Phases 1 and 2 of IIA Reform and chart the way forward for the third phase of reform.

Issues for the debate:

  • What progress has been made on different reform areas and the modernization of old-generation treaties?
  • What are countries’ priorities for the third phase of reform?
  • What can be done to improve overall investment policy coherence?

Background materials:


Past High-level IIA conferences:


Mr. Simon Farbenbloom

Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Australia to the WTO, Australia

Ms. Patricia Holmes

Assistant Secretary, Trade and Investment Law Branch, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia

Ms. Samira Sulejmanovic

Head, Unit for Bilateral Trade Relations, Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mr. Abrão Miguel Árabe Neto

Secretary, Foreign Trade, Ministry of Industry, Foreign Trade and Services, Brazil

Mr. Mahamady Koussoube

Director, Investment Facilitation, Investment Promotion Agency, Burkina Faso

Mr. Sar Senera

Director, Department of Legal Affairs and Investment Law, Cambodia

Mr. Vernon MacKay

Director, Investment Trade Policy Division, Trade Policy Branch, Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, Canada

Mr. Nicolas Palau van Hissenhoven

Director, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism, Colombia

Mr. Marcelo Salazar

Director, Prevention, Dispute Resolution and Investment, Foreign Trade Directorate, Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Dominican Republic

Ms. Maria Martin-Prat

Director, Directorate General for Trade, European Commission

Ms. Muriel Lacoue-Labarthe

Deputy Director, Trade Policy, Investment and Financial Crime, Directorate General of the Treasury, Ministry for the Economy and Finance, France

Mr. Boaz Fleischman-Alaluf

Director, Investment and Trade Agreements Division, Ministry of Finance, Israel

Mr. Manothong Vongsay

Director General, Investment Promotion Department, Ministry of Planning and Investment, Lao People's Democratic Republic

Ms. Lantonirina Erika Ramananarivo

Director, Public Private Partnership Department, Ministry of Finance and Budget, Madagascar

Mr. Fernando Mayer de Leeuw

Director of International Trade of Services and Investment, Ministry of Economy, Mexico

Mr. Bayarsaikhan Banzragch

Director General, National Development Agency, Mongolia

Ms. Jovana Krunić

Head, Department for International Economic Relations, Ministry of Economy, Montenegro

Ms. Angela Dau-Pretorius

Deputy Director, Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development, Namibia

Ms. Yewande Sadiku

Executive Secretary/CEO, Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission, Nigeria

Mr. Ricardo De Urioste Samanamud

Head Legal Advisor, Special Commission for the Defence of Peru in International Investment Arbitration, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Peru

Ms. Jasmina Roskić

Head International Agreements and Foreign Trade Department, Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications, Serbia

Ms. Xolelwa Mlumbi-Peter

Deputy Director General, International Trade and Economic Development Division, Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa

Ms. Champika Malalgoda

Executive Director (Research & Policy Advocacy), Board of Investment, Sri Lanka

Mr. Lukas Siegenthaler

Head of Division, International Investment and Multinational Enterprises, State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, Switzerland

Mr. Hasan Aslan Akpinar

Head of Department, Ministry of Economy, Turkey

Mr. Ahmad Mousa Aljaghbeer

Legal Advisor, Secretary General Office, Supreme Legislation Committee in the Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Ms. Treasure Maphanga

Director, Trade and Industry, African Union Commission

Ms. Gail Mathurin

Director General, Office of Trade Negotiations, Caribbean Community

Mr. Thierry Kalonji

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

Mr. Urban Rusnák

Secretary-General, Energy Charter Secretariat

Ms. Meg Kinnear

Secretary-General, International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes

Mr. El Hassane Hzaine

Director-General, Islamic Centre for Development of Trade

Mr. Yacoub Aloueimine

Legal Officer, Department of Legal Affairs, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation

Mr. Carlos M. Correa

Executive Director, South Centre Secretariat

HE. Amb. Mr. Musa Kulaklikaya

Director-General, Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries

Ms. Anna Joubin-Bret

Secretary, United Nations Commission on International Trade Law

Mr. Marc Proksch

Chief, Investment and Enterprise Development Section, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

Mr. Stephen Karingi

Director, Capacity Development Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

Mr. Pradeep S. Mehta

Secretary-General, Consumer Unity & Trust Society

Ms. Nathalie Bernasconi

Group Director, Economic Law and Policy, International Institute for Sustainable Development

Mr. Shaun Donnelly

Vice President, Investment and Financial Services, United States Council for International Business