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04 May 2021

Webinar
Geneva, Switzerland

Open meeting

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“Linking outward FDI to inward FDI: the role of home country measures”

4 May 2021

 

 

This aim of this webinar is to assist investment promotion agencies (IPAs) and policymakers to strengthen their capacity to facilitate higher FDI flows, especially investment flows that directly contribute as much as possible to development by focusing in particular on practical issues regarding linking outward FDI to inward FDI and the role of home country measures that can assist with addressing such issues. The discussions will be informed by “An Inventory of Concrete Measures to Facilitate the Flow of Sustainable FDI: What? Why? How?”.

 

The webinar will take place on 4 May 2021, from 15:00 to 16:15 Geneva time (Central European Time), 09:00 to 10:15 Eastern Standard Time, and 20:00-21:15 Bangkok. Register here.

 

It is  being held in the framework of the Investment Facilitation for Development project, jointly implemented by the ITC and DIE, and it is being co-organized by the International Trade Centre (ITC), the German Development Institute/ Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA), the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), and the World Economic Forum (WEF).

 

Programme:

 

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

 

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

 

Experts and practitioners:

 

  • Persephone Economou, Senior Economist, Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency - “Home country measures: by whom and to whom?”
  • Robert Hermann, CEO, Germany Trade and Invest (GTAI) - “How can IPAs in host countries take advantage of home country measures?”
  • Aditya Ganesh, VP, Rabne Madras Ltd.
  • Jan Knoerich, Senior Lecturer, Kings College of London and Heather Lynne Taylor-Strauss, Economic Affairs Officer, Investment and Enterprise Development Section, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division, UNESCAP - “Outward Foreign Direct Investment Policy Toolkit for Sustainable Development”

 

Concluding remarks: Matthew Stephenson, Policy and Community Lead, International Trade and Investment, World Economic Forum 

 

Background material

 

Jan Knoerich, Matthew Stephenson, and Heather Taylor-Strauss, “Outward Foreign Direct Investment Policy Toolkit for Sustainable Development.” London, Bangkok, and Geneva: King’s College London, UNESCAP, World Economic Forum, available here.

 

Karl P. Sauvant, Persephone Economou, Ksenia Gal, Shawn Lim, and Witold Wilinski, “Trends in FDI, Home Country Measures and Competitive Neutrality” (October 1, 2014). Yearbook on International Investment Law & Policy 2012-2013 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014), pp. 3-107, available here.

 

Karl P. Sauvant, Matthew Stephenson, Khalil Hamdani, and Yardenne Kagan, “An Inventory of Concrete Measures to Facilitate the Flow of Sustainable FDI: What? Why? How?” (Geneva and Bonn: International Trade Centre and German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitk), available here.

 

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, Outward Foreign Direct Investment and Home Country Sustainable Development. Studies in Trade, Investment and Innovation, No. 93 (Bangkok: United Nations publication, 2020), available here.

 

for more information, please contact

Trade, Investment and Innovation Division +66 2 288-1234 escap-tiid@un.org