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Dr Filippo Fontanelli speaks at OECD workshop for Egyptian officials

Mon 5 July 2021

Dr Filippo Fontanelli

Filippo Fontanelli, Senior Lecturer in International Economic Law at Edinburgh Law School, spoke on 3 June 2021 at the Webinar on International Investment Agreements organised by the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) to assist Egyptian public officials from GAFI (General Authority for Investments) in the reform of the country’s investment law agenda. The panel comprised speakers from the OCED, the World Bank and the World Trade Institute.

The event was organised by the MENA-OECD Working Group on Investment and Trade, whose activities include the facilitation of dialogue among policy makers on trade and investment interconnections and ways to maximise benefits for economies of MENA (Middle East and North Africa). Within this project, OECD launched a work programme in March 2021 on investment treaty policy – looking at both the future of investment treaties and reform options for older treaties – that will take stock of possible reforms options across a broader group of countries. The workshop’s goal was to provide Egypt with: the latest global developments in IIAs and international investment trends; an analysis of good practices in IIAs provisions based on Egyptian IIA network of BITs; a better understanding of the correlation between reforming the dispute settlement mechanisms and attraction of FDI, and policy considerations to assist Egypt in its consideration of treaty reform options.

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