Training course for transition economies examined IIA reform
28-30 September 2015, Minsk – UNCTAD conducted a training course for countries with economies in transition on international investment agreements (IIAs) with a focus on "Reforming the International Investment Regime" (see programme). The course was organized in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, the Ministry of Economy and the National Agency of Investment and Privatization. More than 40 investment policymakers, experts and stakeholders from 20 countries participated in the various sessions. A total of 15 presentations were delivered, covering the UNCTAD World Investment Report 2015 and the Investment Policy Framework, Belarus FDI trends and investment projects in Belarus, UNCTAD's road map for IIA reform, substantive IIA clauses, investment dispute settlement and key IIA reform needs.
Negotiators of investment treaties, representatives of investment promotion agencies and other government officials from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Montenegro, Republic of Moldova, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Tajikistan, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the United States and Uzbekistan were among the attendees of the training course, as well as academia and the private sector.
The content of the three-day course was guided by UNCTAD’s World Investment Report 2015 – Chapter IV "Reforming the International Investment Regime" and UNCTAD’s Investment Policy Framework for Sustainable Development (2015 version).