Investment Facilitation: National success stories

Session Type
Session Themes
Investment Facilitation
Room number
Hall 2 Room 6
Contact Email
19 October 2023
14:15 - 16:15 Abu Dhabi

Over the past decade, investment facilitation has become increasingly important for countries to attract international and local financing for sustainable development. At the same time, international and regional agreements on investment facilitation are gaining momentum; countries must now translate these commitments into tangible reforms and actions within their own jurisdictions.

UNCTAD’s monitoring of investment facilitation efforts shows that many countries are making concrete progress, especially through information provision, increased regulatory transparency, and streamlining of administrative procedures for investors through digital information portals and single windows. It also shows that most countries recognize the importance of investment facilitation to attract cross-border investment in industry, absorb a global push for investment in sustainability and infrastructure, and remain competitive as international tax reforms reduce the role of fiscal incentives.

This event will present trends in national investment facilitation policies and in the streamlining and digitalization of investment facilitation procedures. It will highlight best practices and innovative approaches in promoting more transparent, efficient, and investment-friendly business climates and expanding domestic and foreign investment, with a focus on sectors and activities leading to sustainable development.

Session themes:

  • What policies and actions are governments prioritizing in order to meet their investment facilitation commitments?
  • What policies can governments put in place to maximize the development impact of investment facilitation?
  • How can digital government tools support investment facilitation?


Deputy Secretary-General, UNCTAD
Head of the Global Economic Intelligence Unit, Mexico
Chief Executive Officer, Investment Promotion Agency, Republic of Mali
Climate Change Advisor, Ministry of Environment, Colombia
Chief Executive Officer, Investment Promotion Agency (ADB), Burundi
Director of the Office of Investment, Ministry of Economy, Republic of El Salvador
Senior Investment Policy Expert, Investment Policies Branch, DIAE, UNCTAD


Economic Affairs Officer, Business Facilitation Section, Division on Investment and Enterprise, UNCTAD