On October 28, 2022, the Friends of Multilateralism Group (FMG) organized an online brainstorming session to discuss investment facilitation for development (IFD). Sherry Stephenson, FMG member and Services Convenor for the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC) of the WTO moderated this session.


Sofia Boza Martinez, co- coordinator of the Structured Discussions on Investment Facilitation for Development and Chile’s Ambassador to WTO; Axel Berger, Deputy Director (interim) at the German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS); and Karl P. Sauvant, Resident Senior Fellow at the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI) shared their insights on negotiating and implementing investment facilitation measures for development. Hamid Mamdouh, FMG member and Former Director of Trade in Services and Investment Division of the WTO shared his comments as discussant. Then, the speakers answered the questions from the participants.  


More than 30 participants joined the brainstorming, including members of FMG, Ambassadors/DPRs of WTO members, Directors of WTO divisions, representatives from related international organizations, and experts from renowned think tanks and universities etc.  


Recording of this session can be watched via: https://youtu.be/il7aYAi8d9U 



Opening Remarks

Speaker: Xiankun Lu (FMG)



Speaker:  Sherry Stephenson (FMG)





Moderator: Sherry Stephenson (FMG)


15:05- 15:17

Speaker: Sofia Boza Martinez (Chile)

15:17- 15:29

Speaker: Axel Berger (German Development Institute)


Speaker: Karl Sauvant (Columbia University)


Discussant: Hamid Mamdouh (FMG)



15:51- 16:30


Moderator: Sherry Stephenson (FMG)


Annex 1: Program


Annex 2: List of confirmed participants



Axel Addy (FMG)

Mercedes Araoz (FMG)

Clemens Boonekamp (FMG)

Richard Baldwin (FMG)

Stuart Harbinson (FMG)

Hamid Mamdouh (FMG)

Xiankun Lu (FMG)

Mario Matus (FMG)

Mia Mikic (FMG)

Hector Torres (FMG)

John Weekes (FMG)

Alan Wolff (FMG)

Brad McDonald (FFMG)


2.WTO Missions

Cabo Verde: Clara Manuela da Luz DELGADO JESUS, Ambassador

Djibouti: Kadra AHMED HASSAN, Ambassador

Tajikistan: Jamshed KHAMIDOV, Ambassador

New Zealand: Alison HAMILTON, DPR

Zimbabwe: Constance ZHANJE, Minister Plenipotentiary

Burundi: Jean Bosco NDINDURUVUGO, Prime Counsellor

Spain: Antonio DEL PINO RODRIGUEZ, Counsellor

Burundi: Jean Bosco NDINDURUVUGO, Counsellor

Argentina: Catalina Maciel, Secretary

Hong Kong, China: Wing Sum LEUNG, Assistant Representative


3.WTO Secretariat

Werner Zdouc, Director, Knowledge and Information Management, Academic Outreach and WTO Chairs Programme

Gabrielle Marceau, Counsellor for Research on Legal Policy, Economic Research and Statistics Division

Maria Pereyra, Senior Counsellor, Legal Affairs Division, WTO

Kuiten Bernard, Senior Counsellor on External Relations, WTO


4.International Organizations

Quan Zhao, ITC


5.Think Thanks

Hosuk Lee-Makiyama, ECIPE

Alice Tipping, IISD

Peter Van den Bossche, WTI



Henry Gao, Singapore Management University

Ronald Saborio, Lead University


Annex 3: Some of the studies and reports on investment facilitation can be found via the links below:

  1. https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3830031
  2. https://artnet.unescap.org/ofdi/
  3. https://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_Outward_FDI_Insight_Report_2022.pdf%
  4. https://www.idos-research.de/discussion-paper/article/quantifying-investment-facilitation-at-country-level-introducing-a-new-index/
  5. https://www.card.iastate.edu/products/publications/pdf/21wp615.pdf
  6. https://intracen.org/our-work/projects/investment-facilitation-for-development,  including also publications and policy briefs on legal and technical issues related to the IFD negotiations
  7. https://blogs.worldbank.org/psd/outward-foreign-direct-investment-new-channel-development