UNCTAD Virtual IIA Conference 2020 “IIA Reform in Times of COVID-19”

Event
Session Type
Conference
Session Themes
International Investment Agreements
26 November 2020
11:00 - 14:00 Europe/Zurich
Europe/Zurich
Session video
UNCTAD Virtual IIA Conference 2020

The UNCTAD Virtual IIA Conference 2020 “IIA Reform in Times of COVID-19” will be held on Thursday, 26 November. It will be hosted online from 11:00 to 14:00 Geneva time. The event will bring together representatives of Governments, regional and international organizations, and other IIA stakeholders. Panellists will discuss key questions surrounding “IIA Reform in Times of COVID-19”.

IIA Reform in Times of Covid-19

IIA reform remains a daunting task for all member States, with challenges exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Policymakers, IIA practitioners, civil society and legal scholars need to urgently take stock of ongoing reform efforts in times of COVID-19, in terms of both what IIA reform measures countries and regional organizations undertook or are considering to undertake in response to the crisis, and how to maintain and strengthen the reform momentum in light of the increased fragility of economies around the world that places added emphasis on the importance of FDI as a means of development finance. The Virtual IIA Conference 2020 will aim to pave the way for further inclusive, transparent, and synchronized IIA reform processes in the pursuit of sustainable development in the post-COVID-19 era.

Sessions

  1. Country Perspectives: IIA Reform in Times of COVID-19
  2. Regional and International Perspectives: IIA Reform in Times of COVID-19

All relevant publications are available here

Over 20 pre-conference video messages and written statements are now available here .The videos and statements from governments and stakeholders around the world inform about ongoing reform efforts. They accompany the live discussions that will take place at the Virtual IIA Conference 2020 on 26 November.

IIA reform remains a daunting task for all member States, with the challenges exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Policymakers, IIA practitioners, civil society and legal scholars need to urgently take stock of ongoing reform efforts in times of COVID-19, in terms of both what IIA reform measures countries and regional organizations undertook or are considering to undertake in response to the crisis, and how to maintain and strengthen the reform momentum in light of the increased fragility of economies around the world that places added emphasis on the importance of FDI as a means of development finance.

The video and written statements are available in the language in which they were received.

Speakers

Director, Division on Investment and Enterprise, UNCTAD
Head, Department for Bilateral Trade Relations, Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Undersecretary for Trade Regulation and Facilitation, Ministry of Economy, Brazil
Head of Division, Foreign Investment, Paris Club, Development Banks, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany
Director, Investment Policy and Trade Facilitation Division, Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Malaysia
Director, Trade Policy and Economic Governance, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands
Legal Adviser, Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission, Nigeria
Director, Multilateral Organisations, Department of Trade and Industry International Trade and Economic Development, South Africa
Head of Investment Policy and Negotiations – Asia, Department for International Trade, United Kingdom
Senior Investment Expert, AfCFTA Negotiating Support Unit, Department of Trade and Industry, African Union
Chair, Committee on Investment and Responsible Business Conduct Business at OECD, BIAC
Director for Economy and External Relations, D-8 Organization for Economic Cooperation
General Counsel and Head of the Conflict Resolution Centre, International Energy Charter
Head of Investment Policy Unit, European Commission
Executive Director, International Institute for Sustainable Development (Europe)
Senior Legal Adviser, OECD
Legal Officer, UNCITRAL
Senior Advisor, United States Council for International Business

Moderators

Head of Investment Policies Branch, Division on Investment and Enterprise, UNCTAD
International Investment Policy Officer, Division on Investment and Enterprise, UNCTAD