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  • 27-May-2008

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    Protection of 'critical infrastructure' and the role of investment policies relating to national security

    The OECD Freedom of Investment project provides a forum for discussing how governments can reconcile their duty to safeguard the essential security interests of their people with the need to protect and expand an open international investment system. Critical infrastructure has received special attention in recent changes to national investment policies in some countries. This paper reviews the role of investment policies in broader

  • 27-May-2008

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    Transparency and predictability for investment policies addressing national security concerns: A survey of practices

    Transparency is the cornerstone of a well-functioning regulatory process. Countries participating in the “Freedom of Investment” project have exchanged experiences and ideas about the transparency and predictability of security-related reviews of foreign investment proposals. This paper summarises the findings of these discussions.

  • 15-May-2008

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    Report on the Implementation of the European Charter for Small Enterprises in the Western Balkans: 2007 SME Policy Index

    The SME Policy Index 2007 presents the first comprehensive and comparative assessment of progress made in implementing the Charter.

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  • 5-May-2008

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    OECD and ISO Memorandum of understanding in the area of social responsibility

    On 5 May 2008, the OECD and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) concluded a Memorandum of Understanding with a view to ensuring that the proposed ISO 26000 Standard on Social Responsibility and related activities are consistent with and complement the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

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  • 30-April-2008

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    Glossary of Foreign Direct Investment Terms and Definitions

    This glossary of foreign direct investment terms forms part of the 4th Edition of the OECD Benchmark Definition of Foreign Direct Investment and is intended to assist both the compilers and users of direct investment statistics.

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  • 9-April-2008

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    Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs) and Recipient Country Policies

    This report by the OECD Investment Committee was prepared in response to the request of the G7 Finance Ministers and other OECD members last fall to develop guidance for recipient countries’ policies toward investments from SWFs. The OECD addressed this request as part of an ongoing project on Freedom of Investment and National Security, which was launched in view of the rise of investment protectionism and to maintain open markets.

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  • 4-April-2008

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    International Investment Agreements: A survey of Environmental, Labour and Anti-corruption Issues

    This paper surveys the societal dimension of 296 international investment agreements (IIAs) signed by the 30 member countries and of by the 9 non-member countries that participate formally in OECD investment work.

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  • 4-April-2008

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    Definition of Investor and Investment in International Investment Agreements

    The definition of investor and investment is key to the scope of application of rights and obligations of investment agreements and to the establishment of the jurisdiction of investment treaty-based arbitral tribunals. This factual survey of state practice and jurisprudence aims to clarify the requirements to be met by individuals and corporations in order to be entitled to the treatment and protection provided for under investment

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  • 4-April-2008

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    Interpretation of the Umbrella Clause in Investment Agreements

    Umbrella clauses have become a regular feature of international investment agreements and have been included to provide additional protection to investors by covering the contractual obligations in investment agreements between host countries and foreign investors. The meaning of the umbrella clauses is one of the most controversial issues with which international arbitral tribunals have been recently confronted with while

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  • 3-April-2008

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    The Interaction between Investment and Services Chapters in Selected Regional Trade Agreements

    This report analyses the interactions between the investment and services chapters of 20 regional trade agreements. It classifies agreements into two broad categories of NAFTA-inspired and GATS inspired agreements and identifies four major types of interaction between the investment and trade in services chapters. The report then looks at the implications of the services/investment interface for levels of investment protection and

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