In order to attract foreign direct investment, many countries have recognised the importance of focusing on domestic reforms in the area of investment facilitation - including regulatory transparency, streamlining administrative processes and dispute prevention. However, investment facilitation efforts should not just be designed to attract more investment, but also the right kind of investment, which contributes to the long-term development of the local economy, preserves the environment and improves societal outcomes. Organized by the World Economic Forum (WEF), in collaboration with the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and UNCTAD, this interactive dialogue will identify and share policies and practices that have facilitated investment for sustainable development in the host economy.
Issues for the debate
- What challenges prevent developing countries from successfully attracting and retaining long-term, sustainable investment?
- What are successful and failed examples of investment facilitation policies and how can impacts on the host community be improved?
- What policy recommendations should be prioritised at the regional and international levels to facilitate more sustainable investment flows for value chain upgrading?