WTO Structured Discussions on
_Investment Facilitation for Development
Negotiating Meeting held on 24 NOVEMBER 2021
Summary of discussions by the Coordinator
An open-ended negotiating meeting of the Structured Discussions on Investment Facilitation for Development, coordinated by Ambassador Mathias Francke (Chile), was held on 24 November 2021. As indicated in the convening notice circulated to all WTO Members on 19 November, the objectives of the meeting were to:
(a) introduce the 'Easter Text (Rev.4)' and discuss how participating Members wished to present the following sections and provision in the text for Ministers at MC12: sections III BIS on 'Movement of Business Persons for Investment Purposes' (MBP), III TER on 'Transfers and Payments', IV BIS on 'Supplier-Development Programmes', IV TER on 'Home State Obligations', and paragraph 2 regarding 'non-violation complaints' of provision 35 on 'Dispute Settlement' in Section VII on 'Institutional Arrangements and Final Provisions';
(b) update participants on the latest developments regarding the arrangements for the ministerial meeting on IFD at the Twelfth WTO Ministerial Conference (MC12); and
(c) present the proposed schedule of meetings for the first half of 2022.
The Coordinator also updated participating Members on the co-sponsoring process of the Joint Ministerial Statement on IFD. Finally, a participant introduced its recently submitted revised text proposal on 'Transfers and Payments' under Section III TER.