Technical Assistance

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.

They include:

  • 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 185 countries have benefited from UNCTAD's technical assistance in 2013.

Technical Assistance

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 Colombia, Ecuador, Indonesia, 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.

The Section also cooperates and co-hosts training courses with national governments, inter-governmental institutions and non-governmental organizations, including APEC, COMESA, ESCWA, IISD, ISDB, SADC, WHO.


Target audience:

  • Government officials
  • Civil society organizations


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