Follow-up Expert Meeting on Taking stock of IIA Reform

16 March 2016
10:00 - 18:00 Europe/Zurich

On Wednesday 16 March 2016, some 200 experts from all around the globe convened at UNCTAD’s Expert Meeting on “Taking Stock of IIA Reform”. The meeting, opened by Mr. Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD, not only offered the investment and development community an opportunity to identify lessons learned and to develop a joint vision for IIA reform, but it also broke new ground by fostering an inclusive and transparent approach to international investment policy making.

In addition to the 40 plus speakers in the room, eight speakers delivered their statements via webinar (or audio-bridge), seven speakers contributed to the debate through a video message, around 80 stakeholders followed the debate through the webinar, and several experts shared their views on investment policy hub blog.

The meeting – UNCTAD’s first investment webinar re-affirmed UNCTAD’s role as the multilateral platform for engagement in sustainable development oriented investment policymaking.

Focus of the UNCTAD Expert Meeting

IIA reform is being undertaken at all levels of policymaking – national, bilateral, regional and multilateral. The debate focused on how this is happening and what can be done to effectively reform international investment governance in line with today’s sustainable development imperative.

  • Engagement with other experts: the discussion involved high-level experts from the investment and development community, including governments, inter-governmental organizations, the private sector, civil society and academia.
  • Sharing experiences: experts shared the experience of their country’s or stakeholders’ approach to IIA reform to identify lessons learned, best practices and the way forward.
  • Shaping the IIA Conference at the 5th World Investment Forum (WIF) in Nairobi, Kenya: ideas were shared for possible discussion topics, themes and outcomes of the 19 July 2016 IIA Conference.

Other documents

  1. UNCITRAL Note on the United Nations Convention on Transparency in Treaty-based Investor-State Arbitration
  2. Side Event Presentation (“What the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights mean for investment treaty reform”) (LSE Investment & Human Rights Project)

Disclaimer: The statements and videos are in the form as they have been received; files with recording challenges were not uploaded. We thank all experts for their submissions.


Director, Investment and Enterprise Division, UNCTAD
Assistant Secretary, Trade and Investment Law Branch, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Australia
Counsellor, Permanent Mission, Geneva, Belarus
Head of Unit, Bilateral Trade Relations, Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Policy Officer, Both Ends
General Coordinator for Trade and Investment Policy of the Ministry of Finance of Brazil
Technical Advisor, Investment and Private Sector at the CARICOM Secretariat Office of Trade Negotiations
Director Investment and Promotion and Private Sector Development, COMESA
National Director, International Affairs, Attorney-General's Office, Ecuador
IIA Researcher, Head of International Cooperation Department, General Authority for Investment and Free Zones (GAFI)
Deputy Head of Unit, Trade and Investment, Directorate-General for Trade, European Commission
Deputy Head of Unit, Investment Policy and Trade Rules Unit, Directorate-General of the Treasury, France
Legal Advisor, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
Senior Specialist and Manager, Programme for Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy, International Labor Organizaton (ILO)
International Trade and Development, Federation of German Industries, Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie (BDI)
Joint Secretary (Investment & Currency) Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, India
Manager Policy Advocacy, Kenya Investment Authority
Officer, Investment Policy and Assessment Division, InvestMongolia Agency
Specialist Director, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, Norway
Head of Economic Analysis Division, Economic Development Department, Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency, Poland
Assistant Minister, Ministry of Economy and Regional Development, Serbia
Senior State Counsellor, International Legal Affairs Unit, Ministry of Finance, Slovak Republic
Ambassador, Permanent Mission of South Africa to the WTO
Ambassador, Permanent Mission of South Africa to the WTO
Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Thailand to the United Nations
Senior Policy Officer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Directorate General for Foreign Economic Relations, The Netherlands
Research Associate, The South Centre
Policy Officer, EU and International Relations, Trades Union Congress (TUC)
Senior Expert, Ministry of Economy, Turkey
Legal Officer, International Trade Law Division, United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)
Head of Unit, Policy and Planning Unit, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples
Chief Executive Officer, World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA)
Professor, Manchester Metropolitan University
Director, Foreign Investment, Services and Intellectual Property, Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Colombia
Lead Adviser, Trade Law Unit, Legal Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, New Zealand
Policy Officer, Economic and Social Policy, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
Deputy Director, Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development