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Webinar invitation: What can we learn from regional initiatives on investment facilitation, 5 October 2020, 15:00-16:00 Central European Time (CET)

On behalf of the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the German Development Institute/ Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), we cordially invite you to a webinar on:

 

What can we learn from regional initiatives on investment facilitation? 5 October 2020, 15:00-16:00 Central European Time (CET)

 

This is the fifth of a webinar series on investment facilitation for development, held in the framework of a joint ITC/DIE project on Investment Facilitation for Development.

 

To register for the event and receive the meeting link details please click here.  

 

The webinar will be conducted in an interactive manner and allow for questions by participants. 

 

The emergence of regional initiatives such as the MERCOSUR Protocol, APEC Investment Facilitation Action Plan and the Pan-African Investment Code, which all refer to investment facilitation measures, reflect the strong international consensus on the benefits of investment and the need to enhance the transparency, predictability and efficiency of investment-related frameworks. At the same time, more than one hundred members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) are negotiating an international framework on investment facilitation for development. Against this background, this webinar will discuss the following questions:

  • What is the relationship between regional (non-binding) initiatives and the WTO negotiations? 

  • Could regional initiatives be a building block for WTO negotiations? 

  • What can we learn from the implementation of regional initiatives? 

The webinar will have the following agenda and speakers:

 

Introduction: Rajesh Aggarwal, Chief Trade Facilitation and Policy for Business, ITC

 

Moderator: Axel Berger, Senior Researcher, DIE

 

The panel:

 

Rebecca Fatima Sta Maria, Executive Director, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Secretariat 

Makane Moise, Professor and Director of the Department of Public International Law and International Organization at the Faculty of Law of the University of Geneva

 

Rossana Surballe, Under Secretary for Mercosur and International Economic Negotiations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship, Argentina

 

Jose Manuel Alvarez-Zárate, Professor in the Law and Economics Department at the Externado University of Colombia 

 

Concluding remarks: Karl P. Sauvant, Resident Senior Fellow, Columbia University, CCSI 

 

If you would like to send written questions or comments during the meeting, please feel free to type them in the chat window by clicking on the “chat” button on the middle-bottom pane of the Zoom window.

To join the meeting, kindly click on the link that will be sent to you shortly before 15:00 am CET on 5 October and follow the instructions. If you are not able to connect online, you could connect using the dial-up options provided in the email that you will receive after completing the registration. 

 

We look forward to welcoming you to the webinar!

 

With kind regards,

 

Rajesh Aggarwal, Chief Trade Facilitation and Policy for Business, ITC

Axel Berger, Senior Researcher, DIE

Karl P. Sauvant, Resident Senior Fellow, Columbia University, CCSI