2012 International Investment Agreements (IIA) Conference

Reviewing global investment governance
Session Type
Parallel Events
Room number
Hall 1, Level 0
22 April 2012
09:00 - 12:30 Asia/Qatar

The 2012 IIA Conference will bring together IIA negotiators, investment practitioners, legal scholars, and representatives from civil society and the private sector to discuss how the international investment regime can work better for sustainable development. It will draw lessons learnt from the recent evolution of the IIA regime, with a view to identifying possible ways forward.
The IIA Conference 2012 will report to the UNCTAD XIII Ministerial Round Table (Sunday afternoon).

Questions to be addressed include

  • What are the key principles for maximising the IIA regime’s contribution to sustainable development?
  • How can the coherence between international and national investment policies be improved to better support sustainable development?


Minister of Foreign Trade, Costa Rica
Director, Investment and Enterprise Division, UNCTAD
Foreign Investment Ombudsman and Chairman of Presidential Regulatory Reform Committee, Republic of Korea
Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the WTO and EFTA, Switzerland
Ambassador of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay to the U.S.A., Uruguay
Director General of Foreign Investment, Ministry of Economy, Mexico
Under Secretary of State, Head of the International Cooperation Department, General Authority for Investment, Egypt
Director, Trade and Investment, and European Representative, IISD, Switzerland
Maître de Conférences, University of Evry Val-d’Essonne and Sciences Po, France
Office of the United States Trade Representative, United States
CEO & Secretary-General, Qatari International Center for Arbitration, Qatar
Director of the International Negotiations Department, Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade, Brazil
Secretary-General, Consumer Unity & Trust Society (CUTS), India
Chef du Service Europe du Nord et de l’Est, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Morocco
Head of Unit, Services and Investment, Directorate-General for Trade, European Commission
Head of Investment Division, OECD
Director, Overseas Investment and Economic Cooperation Office, Department of Treaty and Law, Ministry of Commerce, China
Secretary-General of UNCTAD


Rapporteur of the session and Director-General for International Trade and Economic Development, Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa