High-level International Investment Agreements (IIA) Conference 2018

24 Oct 2018
15:00 – 19:00
Room XXVI

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?
Outcome documents

Background materials:

Newly launched:

Databases:

Past High-level IIA conferences:

For 2018 High-level IIA conference outcome, statements and photos please see here.

Event Manager: Ms. Elisabeth Tuerk
Contact email: elisabeth.tuerk@unctad.org


IIA-related Break-out Sessions

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Friday, 26 October 2018

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


 

Details about the High-Level IIA Conference

Wednesday, 24/10, 15:00 – 19:00, Room XXVI (26)

Co-chairs:

  • Hon. Mr. Jayantha Chandrasiri Jayasuriya, Attorney General, Sri Lanka
  • Ms. Maria Martin-Prat, Director, Directorate General for Trade, European Commission
  • Ms. Vilawan Mangaklatanakul, Director-General, Department of International Economic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thailand
  • Mr. Ronald Roosdorp, Director for International Economic Governance and Trade Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands

Kick-off speakers:

  • Ms. Samira Sulejmanovic, Head, Unit for Bilateral Trade Relations, Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Mr. Vernon MacKay, Director, Investment Trade Policy Division, Trade Policy Branch, Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, Canada
  • Mr. Jiang Chenghua, Deputy Director General, Department of Treaty and Law, Ministry of Commerce, China
  • Ms. Angela Dau-Pretorius, Deputy Director, Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development, Namibia
  • Ms. Meg Kinnear, Secretary-General, International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID)
  • Ms. Kate Gilmore, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
  • Mr. Shaun Donnelly, Vice President, Investment and Financial Services, United States Council for International Business (USCIB)
  • Ms. Nathalie Bernasconi, Executive Director, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) Europe

H.E. Mr. Carlos Mario Foradori

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of the Argentine Republic to the UN and other International Organisations in Geneva, Argentina

Mr. Simon Farbenbloom

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

Mr. Abrão Miguel Árabe Neto

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

Ms. Samira Sulejmanovic

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

Mr. Mahamady Koussoube

Director, Investment Facilitation, Investment Promotion Agency, Burkina Faso

Mr. Vernon MacKay

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

Mr. Jiang Chenghua

Deputy Director General, Department of Treaty and Law, Ministry of Commerce, China

Mr. Nicolas Palau van Hissenhoven

Director, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism, Colombia

Ms. Maria Martin-Prat

Director, Directorate General for Trade, European Commission

Mr. Jens Benninghofen

Advisor, Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy, Germany

Mr. Boaz Fleischman-Alaluf

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

Mr. Sulaiman

Deputy Director General, Legal Affairs and International Treaties, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Indonesia

Ms. Betty Maina

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

Ms. Lantonirina Erika Ramananarivo

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

Mr. Vilaysack Phonesay

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

Mr. Amadou Moctar Kane 

Directeur, Promotion de l'Investissement Privé , Republic of Mauritania

Ms. Jovana Krunić

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

Mr. Fernando Mayer de Leeuw

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

Ms. Doljinsuren Jambal

Director, Development Policy and Planning Division, National Development Agency, Mongolia

Ms. Angela Dau-Pretorius

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

Mr. Ronald Roosdorp

Director, International Economic Governance and Trade Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands

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. Marya Baranova

Deputy Director, Department for Trade Negotiations, Ministry of Economic Development, Russian Federation

Dr. Ayedh H. Alotaibi

Deputy Governor, Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA), The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Ms. Jasmina Roskić

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

Ms. Miriama Kiselyová

Financial Unit, Permanent Representation of the Slovak Republic to the EU

Mr. Pablo Martinez Segrelles

Deputy Director, Directorate for International Investments, Spain

Ms. Champika Malalgoda

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

Hon. Mr. Jayantha Chandrasiri Jayasuriya

Attorney General, Attorney General’s Department, Sri Lanka

Mr. Lukas Siegenthaler

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

Mrs. Vilawan Mangklatanakul

Director-General, Department of International Economic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thailand

Mr. Ahmad Mousa Aljaghbeer

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

Ms. Vu Thi Chau Quynh

Deputy Director General, Department of Legislation, The Ministry of Planning and Investment, Viet Nam

Ms. Kayula SIAME

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Zambia

Mr. Thierry Kalonji

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

Mr. Urban Rusnák

Secretary-General, Energy Charter Secretariat (ECS)

Mr. El Hassane Hzaine

Director-General, Islamic Centre for Development of Trade (ICDT)

Mr. David Gaukrodger

Senior Legal Adviser, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Ms. Kate Gilmore

UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Mr. Chanchal Chand Sarkar

Director, Economic, Trade and Finance Division, South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Secretariat

Mr. Vicente Paolo Yu

Coordinator, the Global Governance for Development Programme, South Centre

HE. Amb. Mr. Musa Kulaklikaya

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

Mr. Marc Proksch

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

Mr. Stephen Karingi

Director, Capacity Development Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)

Mr. Surya Deva

Vice Chair, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights

Dr. Christoph Sprich

Senior Manager, Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie (BDI)

Mr. Pradeep S. Mehta

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

Mr. Pascal Kerneis

Managing Director, European Service Forum (ESF)

Mr. Dilip Chenoy

Secretary General, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI)

Ms. Nathalie Bernasconi

Executive Director, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) Europe

Mr. Shaun Donnelly

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

Ms. Meg Kinnear

Secretary-General, International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID)

Ms. Caroline Nicholas

Senior Legal Officer, International Trade Law Division, United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)

Mr. Kenan Bagci

Acting Director, Economic and Social Research Department, Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC), Ankara, Turkey

Ms. Kekeletso Mashigo

Director: Legal, International Trade and Investment, Trade Negotiations Unit, International Trade & Economic Development Division, Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa

Mr. Kamalinne Pinitpuvadol

Executive Director, International Institute for Trade and development (ITD)

Mr. FRÉDÉRIC PARUTA

Counselor, Permanent Representation of France to UN at Geneva, France

Mr. Marcelo Salazar

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