Webinar on investment screening in times of COVID-19 – and beyond


25 June 2020

Governments recognise the benefits of international investment, but are paying increasing attention to occasional risk associated with foreign investment. As part of their response to the COVID-19 pandemic, several governments have introduced new FDI screening mechanisms, enhanced existing ones, or accelerated policy making to fend off new or newly identified threats.

Investment screening was already enjoying a heyday before the COVID-19 crisis – the pandemic is accelerating, rather than triggering this trend. The accumulation of the two waves of new measures may bring about transformational change to investment screening policy practice and the way governments and societies view the benefits and risks associated with foreign investment.

Based on a new research note, Investment screening in times of COVID – and beyond, this webinar set out the developments in this policy area prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and how the pandemic modified and amplified these developments. 

The OECD has released a report on this policy area in mid-May 2020 and recent developments driven by the COVID pandemic are set out in a note on OECD investment policy responses to COVID-19


Andrew Deitz (Principal Advisor, Australian Treasury, Foreign Investment Division)

Carlo Pettinato (Head of Unit Investment, European Commission, DG Trade)

Bärbel Sachs (Partner, Noerr Berlin)

Winand Quaedvlieg (Business at OECD/BIAC)

Ana Novik, Head of the OECD Investment Division will moderate the discussion. 

Joachim Pohl of the OECD Investment Division will present the main findings of the new research note.



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