Promoting FDI for regional integration
in partnership with Regional Commissions of the UN
Session Type
Room number
WIF Virtual Platform, room 4
Contact Email
22 October 2021
14:30 - 15:30 Europe/Zurich

Most regional economic cooperation organizations consider FDI to be an important pillar of sustainable economic development and regional integration. Some regional organizations and cooperation frameworks have been more active than others in rolling out collective initiatives in support of a conducive investment environment and/or in joint investment promotion, and results vary.

At this session, high-level representatives of various regional economic cooperation organizations will discuss the latest developments in the area of FDI. They will discuss how regional investment policy approaches have evolved in recent years and share experiences in investment promotion in support of regional integration. They will also outline their views on prospects for further future regional investment cooperation.

Issues to be addressed

  • How has regional integration in different parts of the world shaped global and regional investment trends over the past years and how will it affect them in future?
  • In the context of regional economic integration, what are the main investment-for-development policy challenges?
  • What good investment-related policies, practices and technical cooperation activities can be replicated across regional groupings?


Director, Division on Investment and Enterprise, UNCTAD and Lead, UNCTAD World Investment Forum
Secretary-General, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat
Deputy Secretary-General, ASEAN Economic Community
Deputy Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia
General Director, Andean Community
Director, Central European Free Trade Agreement Secretariat
Director, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division, Mr. United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
Director, Regional Integration and Trade Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
Director, Economic Cooperation and Trade United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
Director, International Trade and Integration Division, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean


Head, Investment Research Branch, UNCTAD
Chief, Investment Trends and Data Section, UNCTAD