Sustainable Investment Facilitation Policies and Practices (by invitation only)

Interactive breakfast encounter
organized by the World Economic Forum (WEF), in collaboration with the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)
Session Type
By invitation only
Room number
Delegates Restaurant
Event Manager
Mr. Alexandre Dabbou
Contact Email
25 October 2018
09:00 - 10:00 Europe/Zurich

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?



Director, World Economic Forum
President of the Republic of Botswana
Head of Investment Research, Division on Investment and Enterprise, UNCTAD
Executive Director, Grow Asia
Visiting Professor, Lahore School of Economics, Pakistan; Former Director of the Division on Investment, Technology and Enterprise Development, UNCTAD
CFO Sustainable Finance, HSBC
Head of Direct Funding Governance, World Economic Forum and Chief Operating Officer, Grow Africa
Senior Director Social Impact, Coca Cola
Senior Programme Officer, Investment Policy and Regulatory Systems, ICTSD