Global Value Chains for Inclusive Development: FDI, investment facilitation and linkage creation

Event Type
G20-T20 Roundtable Discussion

Location/Date
Tokyo, 28.05.2019

Organiser
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)


Foreign direct investment (FDI) offers a useful entry point for integration into global value chains (GVCs). It also offers a host of technology and financial resources that may bring tangible benefits to domestic firms and industries, thereby increasing their productivity and capability. However, FDI attraction is not without its challenges amid intensifying competition for foreign investments. Even for countries that successfully attracted FDI positive development outcomes are not pre-ordained. The roundtable will discuss two major topics – investment facilitation as well as linkages with foreign investors – to address ideas and options available to policymakers, which may contribute to evidence-based policymaking at G20 at the broad level.

The roundtable is planned as a half-day event with two sessions. The first session presents new considerations in FDI attraction that warrant attention for policymakers and practitioners alike. It highlights best practices in investment facilitation and promotion, presents some innovative and possibly replicable programmes from around the world, and outlines key implementation issues that may help investment promotion agencies (IPAs) enhance their capability to attract and retain FDI. Also, this session looks at the potential benefits of an international framework on investment facilitation currently under discussion at the WTO. The second session focuses on integration of domestic enterprises, most notably small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), into the global production networks of multinational firms, which is often difficult due to scale and capability constraints. The session examines the rationale for SME integration from the perspective of long-term upgrading and the types of policies that are needed to link domestic firms to foreign investment in a beneficial way over time.

Tentative Agenda

 

Opening remarks

  • Taikan Oki, Senior Vice-Rector, United Nations University (UNU)
  • Yuko Yasunaga, Head, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Investment and Technology Promotion Office (ITPO) Japan

 

Keynote speech

  • Fetlework Gebregziabher Abrha, Minister of Trade and Industry, Ethiopia

 

Session 1: FDI Attraction and Facilitation

Moderator

  • Ferda Gelegen, UNIDO-ITPO Japan

 

Presentation

  • Axel Berger, German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (GDI/DIE)

 

Discussants

  • Manjiao Chi, University of International Business and Economics (UIBE)
  • Yuko Yasunaga, UNIDO-ITPO Japan

 

Comments by participants

              

Session 2: Linking Domestic Firms to Foreign Investors

Moderator

  • Ferda Gelegen, UNIDO-ITPO Japan

 

Presentation

  • Adnan Seric, UNIDO

 

Discussants:

  • Izumi Ohno, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Research Institute
  • Dongsoo Kang, Korea Development Institute (KDI)
  • Fukunari Kimura, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)
  • Yasuyuki Todo, Waseda University

 

Comments by participants

Wrap-up discussion and closing remarks


Event information

Date /h
28.05.2019 / 13:00 - 16:30

Location

United Nations University
(1F) Annex Space
Tokyo


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Highlight

Cover: Briefing Paper 5/2019

Investment facilitation for development: a new route to global investment governance
Berger, Axel / Sebastian Gsell / Zoryana Olekseyuk (2019)
Briefing Paper 5/2019

Highlight

Cover: T20japan journal

Towards G20 guiding principles on investment facilitation for sustainable development
Berger, Axel / Ahmad Ghouri / Tomoko Ishikawa / Karl P. Sauvant / Matthew Stephenson (2019)
published on T20 Japan March 2019

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