With opinions on foreign investment, including such issues as investor-state dispute resolution, sometimes sharply divided, finding common ground is important. USCIB Vice President Shaun Donnelly was one of only three business representatives at last week’s meeting of the Investment Policy Experts group under the overall “E15” (E for Experts) initiative of 18 different subject-matter groups convened in Geneva throughout 2015 under the auspices of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and the International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD).
Each of the experts groups, including Donnelly’s , is debating possible policy options which the WEGF and ISCTD will package for further discussion around the WTO Ministerial in Nairobi in December and at the WEF’s annual Davos gathering in January. Other leading American experts, including from USCIB member firms, are active on other issue groups.
The range of views is vast among experts within the investment group. Donnelly and his colleagues from academia, think tanks and international organizations are struggling with issues from investment agreements and dispute settlement to how investment can drive sustainable development. After intense two-day sessions in March and last week in early June, the Investment group remains divided on specific policy initiatives. So Donnelly and his colleagues will have more tough work over the course of this year.