In 1995, OECD Ministers launched negotiations on a multilateral agreement on investment (MAI) with high standards of liberalisation and investment protection, with effective dispute settlement procedures, and open to non-Members. Negotiations were discontinued in April 1998 and will not be resumed.
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This report, published in April 1998, surveys the findings and conclusions of OECD work and related studies concerning the role of international investment in globalisation and its links with trade and economic development.
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21 March 1998. At the time of the MAI negotiations, the United Kingdom commissioned an independent consultant, Dr. E.V.K. FitzGerald, to prepare a report on the possible implications of the MAI for developing countries.
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Paris, 17 September 1997. These proceedings contain a selection of papers presented at the Special Session on the Multilateral Agreement on Investment which took place in Paris on 17 September 1997.
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Chile is a significant host for foreign direct investment (FDI) in South America, especially given the relatively small size of its economy. The attraction of Chile to foreign investors lies not only in its resource abundance but also in its tradition of openness to foreign investment. Chilean policies towards inward investment generally conform to OECD standards, and the country has been a trailblazer within Latin America in terms of
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A selection of papers presented at the Symposium on the Multilateral Agreement on Investment, held in Seoul, Korea, on 3-4 April 1997.
Services provided by accountants, lawyers, engineers and architects are among the fastest-growing sectors in OECD economies, but international trade and investment in these professional services remain hindered by complex domestic regulations. Participants considered concrete policy options for advancing liberalisation through regulatory reform, while maintaining high standards for consumer protection.
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A Workshop on the Multilateral Agreement on Investment was held in Brazil in February 1997. These proceedings outline the state of play of the negotiations at that time.
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Liberalisation of foreign direct investment (FDI) has been an essential element in the increasing internationalisation of the economy, and has enhanced France's image as an FDI host country. Thanks to a surge in direct investment flows since 1984-1985, France has become the third-ranking country in the OECD area in terms of inward FDI and fourth in terms of outward FDI at end 1994. The abrogation in early 1996 of the prior approval
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Switzerland has long played an important role as both home and host to multinational enterprises. Certain large Swiss firms are among the most active foreign direct investors, and foreign firms are often keen to exploit the advantages of investing in Switzerland. These advantages stem partly from a general openness to inward investment, a central geographical location within Europe and a well-developed infrastructure. This report