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The International Trade Centre (ITC), the German Development Institute/ Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA), and the World Economic Forum (WEF), will organize a webinar on:

A WTO Investment Facilitation for Development Agreement: What happened at MC12 and how to ensure a positive development impact going forward? which will be held on 7 December 2021, 15:00-16:15 Central European Time (CET) in the framework of a joint ITC/DIE project on Investment Facilitation for Development.

Participation in the webinar is free of charge. However, it is necessary to register for the event (please click here), to receive the meeting link details.

The WTO Twelfth Ministerial Meeting (MC12), 30 November-3 December 2021, will have before it advanced elements of a draft Investment Facilitation for Development (IFD) Agreement. Accordingly, this public webinar will first provide a briefing and assessment of the status of the IFD negotiations at the time of MC12 and tentative plans for the future. With the negotiations having reached this stage and the contours of the Agreement and the bulk of the investment facilitation measures becoming clear, it is appropriate to begin thinking about implementation. Accordingly, the webinar will discuss key issues regarding implementation, especially in terms of strengthening the development impact of the Agreement and including the importance of gap analyses and needs assessments and the work of a future WTO Investment Facilitation Committee.

The webinar will be conducted in an interactive manner and allow for questions by participants.