What foreign investors want: Findings from an investor survey of investment facilitation measures in Latin America and the Caribbean

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Hamdani, Khalil;
Reil, Sebastian;
Berger, Axel;
Kagan, Yardenne;
Sauvant, Karl P.;
Steneri, Pablo;
Zhao, Quan
Jan 2022
This report presents the results of a surveyed that queried members of the Americas Business Dialogue active as foreign investors in Latin America and the Caribbean on the importance they attach to a key set of investment facilitation measures. The objective of the report was to inform negotiators at the WTO working on an investment facilitation for development agreement.

The results of the investor survey are put into perspective by highlighting consistencies and gaps in relation to the current state of the WTO Investment Facilitation for Development (IFD) negotiations and the actual level of adoption of investment facilitation measures at the national level. The survey yielded important insights that may contribute to the ongoing negotiations, as well as to other negotiations of international investment agreements that address issues of investment facilitation. It should also be of interest to investment promotion agencies (IPAs and other institutions whose mandate includes the facilitation of foreign direct investment.

*The opinions expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Inter-American Development Bank, its Board of Directors, or the countries they represent