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World Trade Organisation Joint Statement Initiative on investment facilitation for development

At the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference in December 2017, Canada endorsed a Joint Ministerial Statement agreeing to discussions on a WTO framework on investment facilitation for development. Formal negotiations towards a WTO Investment Facilitation for Development Agreement began in September 2020.

Investment facilitation is about creating a more transparent, efficient, predictable and "investment-friendly" business climate by making it easier for investors to establish operations, conduct their day-to-day business, and expand their investments. The negotiations do not address market access, investment protection and investor-state dispute settlement.

WTO negotiations to date have covered a number of areas, including:

Canada had made a number of submissions to the negotiations:

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Public Consultation on a WTO Framework for Investment Facilitation for Development

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