The E15 engages key stakeholders – WTO Ambassadors and political, business, and civil society leaders – in policy dialogues in Geneva and around the world to help validate ideas, align interests and strengthen the impetus for change.
Trade and Development Symposium
The end of the North-South game: foreign direct investment in the 21st century
Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) has become the most important vehicle to bring goods and services into foreign markets. Traditionally a North-South game, emerging markets today are receiving more than half of FDI flows, while their firms are also rising as outward investors. These changes, and the advent of value chains that directly link trade, investment, and services, especially in Asia, have created new challenges for the international regime that seeks to discipline FDI across borders, now including some 3000 international investment agreement complexly intertwined, with over 500 foreign investors bringing claims against States.
E15 Investment Policy experts and guests explored structural and sustainable development concerns within the investment regime, including the role of the WTO and RTAs on FDI regulation in this world in flux.
Building on ICTSD’s twenty-year history of encouraging innovative thinking on trade and sustainable development issues at WTO Ministerial Conferences, 2015’s Trade and Development Symposium (TDS) acted as a crucial platform for intellectual enquiry and dialogue on the future of the multilateral trading system. The E15Initiative stream at the Trade and Development Symposium focused on dialogue around the key deliverables the Initiative’s world class experts released in January 2016 at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Discussions provided an exclusive preview of the policy options that have been developed over four years by some of the world’s most pre-eminent trade policy experts.