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Hub News Article Jan 04, 2017

UNCTAD's regional training course for IDB member countries will address practical steps for reforming the IIA regime

UNCTAD in cooperation with the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), the Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC), the Islamic Centre for Development of Trade (ICDT) and the Moroccan Investment Development Agency (AMDI) is organizing a regional training course on international investment agreements (IIAs) in Casablanca, Morocco from 23-26 January 2017.

The course will assist the 56 member countries of the IDB in the design of IIAs that take into consideration new generation of investment policies that place inclusive growth and sustainable development at the heart of efforts to attract and benefit from investment. In line with UNCTAD's Investment Policy Framework for Sustainable Development and UNCTAD's Roadmap for IIA Reform, the course will help policymakers and negotiators to deepen their understanding and analysis of the key issues in IIAs. The course will offer concrete options for the design and negotiation of new IIAs that effectively promote sustainable development and inclusive growth; it will also focus on how to tackle the existing stock of IIAs. Over 60 participants from IDB member countries are expected to attend and contribute to the course.

Since the commencement of the partnership between UNCTAD and the IDB in 2005, UNCTAD has trained over 300 Government officials from African and Asian countries members of the IDB on key issues in IIAs.

For more information please check the event website here.

Please consult the programme here.