Investment policy

Freedom of investment at the OECD

 

IN FOCUS

Investment treaties and shareholder claims for reflective loss: insights from advanced systems of corporate law (pdf)

Investment treaty law, sustainable development and responsible business conduct: a fact finding survey (pdf)

11th report on G20 trade and investment measures, June 2014 | Previous reports

OECD-UNCTAD report on G20 investment measures taken between 2 April 2009 and 15 May 2014, June 2014

19th Roundtable on Freedom of Investment summary report All roundtable reports

Temporal validity of international investment agreements: a large sample survey of treaty provisions (pdf)

Investment treaties as corporate law: Shareholder claims and issues of consistency (pdf)

 

International investment spurs prosperity and economic development in home and recipient countries. Policy coordination helps governments resist protectionist pressures and to develop effective policies to respond to genuine concerns raised by international investment.
  
  
The Freedom of Investment process, an intergovernmental ‌forum hosted since 2006 by the OECD Investment Committee, brings together some 55 governments from around the world to exchange information and experiences on investment policies at regular roundtables (Roundtable summary reports). Here, governments develop guidance for open, transparent and non-discriminatory investment policies. Unbiased policy monitoring and analysis support accountability and frank and open exchange.
  
  
Setting standards and developing guidelines

Co-operation requires common understanding of policy measures and objectives. The Freedom of Investment roundtables foster this understanding by developing standards that reflect partners’ expectations and good policy practices. These standards promote openness, transparency and non-discrimination and responsible conduct by both governments and investors.  

 

Investment policy monitoring

Informed dialogue on investment policy requires unbiased, comprehensive and reliable information. Independent policy monitoring by the OECD provides policymakers and investors with up-to-date information on the preparation or introduction of new policies in countries that take part in the process. 


Acknowledging the roundtables’ established investment policy monitoring, G20 Leaders gave OECD a mandate to track policy developments and to report, with WTO and UNCTAD, on observance of G20 commitments to openness.
 

 

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Research and analysis

Investment treaties and shareholder claims for reflective loss: insights from advanced systems of corporate law, 2014

Investment treaty law, sustainable development and responsible business conduct: a fact finding survey, 2014

Investment treaties as corporate law: Shareholder claims and issues of consistency, 2013

Investor-state dispute settlement: A scoping paper for the investment policy community, 2012

Dispute settlement provisions in international investment agreements: A large sample survey, 2012

Environmental concerns in international investment agreements: a survey, 2011

Identification of foreign investors: A fact finding survey of investment review procedures, 2010

Responsible investment in agriculture, 2010 

Foreign state immunity and foreign government controlled investors, 2010 

Security-Related Terms in International Investment Law and in National Security Strategies, 2009 

Foreign government-controlled investors and recipient country investment policies: a scoping paper, 2009 

Competition law and foreign-government controlled investors, 2009 

Accountability for security-related investment policies, 2008 

Protection of 'critical infrastructure' and role of investment policies relating to national security, 2008 

Transparency and predictability for investment policies addressing essential security interests: a survey of practices, 2008 

Proportionality of security-related investment instruments: A survey of practices, 2008 

Competition, international investment and energy security, 2008 

Economic and Other Impacts of Foreign Corporate Takeovers in OECD Countries, 2007 

Essential Security Interests under International Investment Law, 2007

 

 

 

 

 

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