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The E15 at the World Economic Forum on Africa 2017

04 May 2017 , Durban, South Africa

As African countries are negotiating investment agreements with the rest of the world and among themselves (i.e. Tripartite FTA) and setting common standards, policymakers are seeking ways to attract and retain foreign direct investment (FDI) which contributes to increased global value chain integration, economic diversification, job creation, technology transfer and sustainable growth.

On 4 May, the World Economic Forum organised a session on “Reforming the Investment Framework: What’s Next for Africa?” as part of its World Economic Forum on Africa 2017 from 3-5 May in Durban, South Africa, building on inputs from the ICTSD/World Economic Forum investment policy dialogue series supported by the Government of the Netherlands.

The session reviewed progress towards further multilateralisation of the investment regime in Africa (i.e. Pan-African code), considered the enabling conditions and policies needed to both attract and retain FDI in Africa, and sought to identify the key sectors for FDI as means to enhance Africa’s competitiveness, economic diversification and job creation.