High-level International Investment Agreements (IIA) Conference 2018

24 October 2018
15:00 - 19:00 Europe/Zurich

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?


Past High-level IIA conferences

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.


Director, Division on Investment and Enterprise, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
Attorney General, Attorney General' Department, Sri Lanka
Director, Directorate General for Trade, European Commission
Director-General, Department of International Economic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thailand
Director, International Economic Governance and Trade Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands
Head, Department for Bilateral Trade Relations, Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Director, Investment Trade Policy Division, Trade Policy Branch, Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, Canada
Deputy Director General, Department of Treaty and Law, Ministry of Commerce, China
Deputy Director, Ministry of Industrialization and Trade, Namibia
Secretary-General, International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes
UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Vice President, Investment and Financial Services, United States Council for International Business (USCIB)
Executive Director, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) Europe
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of the Argentine Republic to the UN and other International Organisations in Geneva, Argentina
Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Australia to the WTO, Australia
Secretary, Foreign Trade, Ministry of Industry, Foreign Trade and Services, Brazil
Director, Investment Facilitation, Investment Promotion Agency, Burkina Faso
Director, Prevention, Dispute Resolution and Investment, Foreign Trade Directorate, Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Dominican Republic
Director, Directorate General for Trade, European Commission
Counselor, Permanent Representation of France to UN at Geneva, France
Advisor, Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy, Germany
Deputy Director General, Legal Affairs and International Treaties, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Indonesia
Director, Investment and Trade Agreements Division, Ministry of Finance, Israel
Principal Secretary, State Department of Investment and Industry Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives, Kenya
Deputy Director, Investment Promotion Department, Ministry of Planning and Investment, Lao People's Democratic Republic
Director, Public Private Partnership Department, Ministry of Finance and Budget, Madagascar
Director, Investment Policy and Trade Facilitation Division, Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Malaysia
Directeur, Promotion de l'Investissement Privé, Republic of Mauritania
Director, International Trade of Services and Investment, Ministry of Economy, Mexico
Director, Development Policy and Planning Division, National Development Agency, Mongolia
Head, Department for International Economic Relations, Ministry of Economy, Montenegro
Director, International Economic Governance and Trade Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands
Executive Secretary/CEO, Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission, Nigeria
Head Legal Advisor, Special Commission for the Defence of Peru in International Investment Arbitration, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Peru
Deputy Director, Department for Trade Negotiations, Ministry of Economic Development, Russian Federation
Deputy Governor, Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA), The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Head, International Agreements and Foreign Trade Department, Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications, Serbia
Financial Unit, Permanent Representation of the Slovak Republic to the EU
Director, Legal, International Trade and Investment, Trade Negotiations Unit, International Trade & Economic Development Division, Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa
Deputy Director, Directorate for International Investments, Spain
Executive Director (Research & Policy Advocacy), Board of Investment, Sri Lanka
Head of Division, International Investment and Multinational Enterprises, State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, Switzerland
Director-General, Department of International Economic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thailand
Legal Advisor, Secretary General Office, Supreme Legislation Committee in the Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Deputy Director General, Department of Legislation, The Ministry of Planning and Investment, Viet Nam
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Zambia
Director, Trade and Industry, African Union Commission
Director, Investment and Promotion and Private Sector Development, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)
Secretary-General, Energy Charter Secretariat (ECS)
Director-General, Islamic Centre for Development of Trade (ICDT)
Senior Legal Adviser, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Chair, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights, and Professor, Macquarie Law School, Sydney
Director, Economic, Trade and Finance Division, South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Secretariat
Acting Director, Economic and Social Research Department, Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC), Ankara, Turkey
Coordinator, the Global Governance for Development Programme, South Centre
Senior Legal Officer, International Trade Law Division, United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)
Director, Capacity Development Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
Chief, Investment and Enterprise Development Section, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)
Senior Manager, Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie (BDI)
Secretary-General, Consumer Unity & Trust Society (CUTS International)
Managing Director, European Service Forum (ESF)
Secretary General, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI)
Executive Director, International Institute for Trade and development (ITD)