CRCICA Director was invited by the UNCTAD to speak at the High-Level International Investment Agreements (IIA) Conference held on 19 July 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya in conjunction with the fourteenth UNCTAD ministerial meeting (UNCTAD 14), which attracted the participation of 194 UN member states at the highest level.
The 2016 IIA Conference brought together more than 40 stakeholders in the international investment and development community from around the globe, including arbitral institutions like CRCICA and ICSID. It advanced the debate on the future direction of the IIA regime. Speakers and participants discussed key IIA reform issues, bringing in national, regional and interregional perspectives and drawing lessons from the first steps towards IIA reform that are underway in many parts of the world.
According to the UNCTAD, the participants helped the investment and development community chart the way forward for the second phase of IIA reform. Each of the statements made during the Conference is crucial in this regard.