UNCTAD Virtual IIA Conference 2020: Information on the programme


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Date: Thursday, 26 November 2020

Time: 11:00 to 14:00 Geneva time (CET, GMT+1)

11:00 Opening statement

11:10 – 12:30 Panel 1 “Country Perspectives: IIA Reform in Times of COVID-19"


  • Mr. Joerg Weber, Head of Investment Policies Branch, Division on Investment and Enterprise, UNCTAD


  • Ms. Samira Sulejmanovic, Head, Department for Bilateral Trade Relations, Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations, Bosnia and Herzegovina (written statement)
  • Mr. Leonardo Diniz Lahud, Undersecretary for Trade Regulation and Facilitation, Ministry of Economy, Brazil
  • Mr. Tobias Pierlings, Head of Division, Foreign Investment, Paris Club, Development Banks, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany
  • Mr. Syed Mohd Faizal Syed Mohd Dardin, Director, Investment Policy and Trade Facilitation Division, Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Malaysia
  • Ms. Caroline Kollau, Director, Trade Policy and Economic Governance, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands
  • Ms. Patience Okala, Legal Adviser, Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission, Nigeria
  • Ms. Kekeletso Mashigo, Director Legal: International Trade, Investment and Dispute Settlement; Trade Policy Negotiations & Cooperation Branch; Department of Trade, Industry and Competition, South Africa
  • Mr. Louis Bickler, Head of Investment Policy and Negotiations - Asia, Department for International Trade, United Kingdom

11:50 – 12:10 Interactive discussion among panellists

12:10 – 12:30 Q&A discussion with panellists

12:30 – 13:50 Panel 2 “Regional and International Perspectives: IIA Reform in Times of COVID-19”


  • Mr. Hamed El-Kady, International Investment Policy Officer, Division on Investment and Enterprise, UNCTAD


  • Ms. Roslyn Ng’eno, Senior Investment Expert, AfCFTA Negotiating Support Unit, Department of Trade and Industry, African Union
  • Mr. Winand Quaedvlieg, Chair, Committee on Investment and Responsible Business Conduct, Business at OECD, BIAC
  • Ms. Rasha Hamdy, Director for Economy and External Relations, D-8 Organization for Economic Cooperation
  • Mr. Carlo Pettinato, Head of Investment Policy Unit, European Commission
  • Mr. Alejandro Carballo, General Counsel and Head of the Conflict Resolution Centre, International Energy Charter (written statement)
  • Ms. Nathalie Bernasconi-Osterwalder, Executive Director, International Institute for Sustainable Development (Europe)
  • Mr. David Gaukrodger, Senior Legal Adviser, Investment Division, OECD
  • Mr. Jae Sung Lee, Legal Officer, UNCITRAL
  • Mr. Shaun Donnelly, Senior Advisor, United States Council for International Business

13:10 – 13:30 Interactive discussion among panellists

13:30 – 13:50 Q&A discussion with panellists

Closing remarks: Take-away messages for IIA Reform

  • Mr. James Zhan, Director of Investment and Enterprise, UNCTAD

Submitted video and written statements

The video messages and written statements from governments and other stakeholders around the world inform about ongoing reform efforts. The statements accompany the live discussions that will take place at the Virtual IIA Conference 2020 on 26 November.


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Ms. Meg Kinnear, Secretary-General, ICSID Mr. Ruediger Krech, Director, Health Promotion Department, WHO




The video and written statements are available in the language in which they were received.