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

The IIA Section also contributes to technical assistance activities carried out by the Division, such as Investment Policy Reviews.

The technical assistance activities are based on UNCTAD's Investment Framework for Sustainable Development (IPFSD) and its Road Map for IIA Reform.

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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