The IIA Section offers a range of specific tools to foster the capacity of beneficiary countries' policymakers and other IIA stakeholders to negotiate sustainable development-friendly IIAs. Technical assistance activities are tailor-made and demand-driven, and provided upon request of countries or regional organizations.
- National or regional training sessions for IIA negotiators
- Sensitization seminars on foreign investment and IIAs for IIA stakeholders
- Ad-hoc expert advice (advisory services) on key issues in IIAs
More than 168 countries have benefited from UNCTAD's technical assistance between 2008 and 2012:
- 132 developing countries (38 of which are least developed countries)
- 14 economies in transition
- 36 developed countries
The IIA Section also contributes to technical assistance activities carried out by the Division, such as Investment Policy Reviews.
Apart from several training sessions hosted in Geneva, investment policy courses were also held in Ecuador, Morocco, Thailand and South Africa in 2012 and 2013, with a particular focus on the nexus between investment policy and sustainable development. These courses also introduced UNCTAD's Investment Framework for Sustainable Development (IPFSD) as a practical toolkit from which policymakers may select policy options to achieve optimal results for their particular national circumstances.
A course for economies in transition on "a new generation of international investment policies" will take place in October 2013 in Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina). The course will focus, among other topics, on the importance of ensuring policy coherence between national development policies and IIAs through designing clear and explicit clauses, balancing investors' rights and safeguarding policy space for other public policies, such as climate change, labour and health. One segment of the course will address investor-State dispute settlement (ISDS), and policies to prevent and manage ISDS. Courses are also slated for Bogotá, Colombia in November and for Islamic Development Bank members Rabat, Morocco in December. Details are available from the UNCTAD contacts listed below.
The Section also cooperates and co-hosts training courses with national governments, inter-governmental institutions and non-governmental organizations, including APEC, COMESA, IISD, ISDB, SADC, WHO.
- Government officials
- Civil society organizations
Mr. Hamed El-Kady
T.: +41 22 917 2135
Ms Natalia Guerra
T.: +41 22 917 5651