Virtual IIA Conference 2020

Date: Thursday, 26 November 2020

Time: 11:00 to 14:00 Geneva time (CET, GMT+1)

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.

All relevant publications are available here.

Registration

The event is open to IIA stakeholders (governments, regional and international organizations, civil society, business, academia etc.) upon registration. The registration is closed.

Programme

11:00 Opening statement
> Mr. James Zhan, Director of Investment and Enterprise, UNCTAD

11:10 – 12:30 Panel 1 – “Country Perspectives: IIA Reform in Times of COVID-19”

Moderator:
> Mr. Joerg Weber, Head of Investment Policies Branch, Division on Investment and Enterprise, UNCTAD

Panellists:
> Ms. Samira Sulejmanovic, Head, Department for Bilateral Trade Relations, Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations, Bosnia and Herzegovina
> Mr. Leonardo Diniz Lahud, Undersecretary for Trade Regulation and Facilitation, Ministry of Economy, Brazil
> Mr. Tobias Pierlings, Head of Division, Foreign Investment, Paris Club, Development Banks, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany
> Mr. Syed Mohd Faizal Syed Mohd Dardin, Director, Investment Policy and Trade Facilitation Division, Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Malaysia
> Ms. Caroline Kollau, Director, Trade Policy and Economic Governance, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands
> Ms. Patience Okala, Legal Adviser, Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission, Nigeria
> Ms. Kekeletso Lorraine Mashigo, Director, Multilateral Organisations, Department of Trade and Industry International Trade and Economic Development, South Africa
> Mr. Louis Bickler, Head of Investment Policy and Negotiations – Asia, Department for International Trade, United Kingdom

11:50 – 12:10 Interactive discussion among panellists
12:10 – 12:30 Q&A discussion with panellists

12:30 – 13:50 Panel 2 – “Regional and International Perspectives: IIA Reform in Times of COVID-19”

Moderator:
> Mr. Hamed El-Kady, International Investment Policy Officer, Division on Investment and Enterprise, UNCTAD

Panellists:
> Ms. Roslyn Ng’eno, Senior Investment Expert, AfCFTA Negotiating Support Unit, Department of Trade and Industry, African Union
> Mr. Winand Quaedvlieg, Chair, Committee on Investment and Responsible Business Conduct Business at OECD, BIAC
> Ms. Rasha Hamdy, Director for Economy and External Relations, D-8 Organization for Economic Cooperation
> Mr. Alejandro Carballo, General Counsel and Head of the Conflict Resolution Centre, Energy Charter Treaty
> Mr. Carlo Pettinato, Head of Investment Policy Unit, European Commission
> Ms. Nathalie Bernasconi-Osterwalder, Executive Director, International Institute for Sustainable Development (Europe)
> Mr. David Gaukrodger, Senior Legal Adviser, OECD
> Mr. Jae Sung Lee, Legal Officer, UNCITRAL
> Mr. Shaun Donnelly, Senior Advisor, United States Council for International Business

13:10 – 13:30 Interactive discussion among panellists
13:30 – 13:50 Q&A discussion with panellists

13:50 – 14:00 Closing remarks: Take-away messages for IIA Reform
> Mr. James Zhan, Director of Investment and Enterprise, UNCTAD

Video and statements of IIA Stakeholders

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.