The EU has proposed to reform the investor-state-dispute-settlement system, a move that could further complicate negotiations with China over a bilateral investment agreement, as well as their dialogue on the Belt and Road Initiative’s implementation in Europe.
Taiwan and India signed a revised bilateral investment agreement
Interview with Javier Echaide, lawyer and member of Attac Argentina
While promising economic growth, large-scale land investment deals have caused increased inequality, widespread displacement of people, and destruction of natural resources.
Ecuador has “prioritised” efforts to sign bilateral investment treaty and trade agreement with Qatar.
A bilateral investment protection agreement is expected to be signed between India and the Maldives.
International investment agreements, specifically bilateral investment treaties and the investment chapters in free trade agreements, have come under the spotlight for what are seen as skewed provisions that grant excessive rights to foreign investors.
The new list will lay down foundations that will be conducive for further negotiations on the bilateral investment treaty (BIT) between China and the EU.
Bangladesh has about 30 BITs of which those with international arbitration provisions tilt to protect corporate interests more than the national interest of Bangladesh as reflected in the Saipem, Chevron, and Niko arbitrations.
Singapore and Argentina Prime Ministers welcomed the progress made on negotiations for a bilateral investment treaty and said they expect to conclude talks by the first half of next year.
Gabon has shown interest in entering into a Bilateral Investment Treaty with India. Gabon has the 6th largest reserves of Manganese in the world. Gabon is also making efforts to attract investment from India in construction of railway lines in key mining clusters.
US businesses are seeking a comprehensive trade deal with Japan that also includes services and investments even as Tokyo tries to limit the scope of upcoming bilateral talks to goods only.
Certain ISDS (Investor-state dispute settlement) cases against India led it to review its stand on investment treaties.
ASEAN Economic Ministers and AEC Ministers signed the ASEAN Agreement on e-Commerce, concluded the ASEAN Trade in Services Agreement (ATISA) and finalised the fourth protocol to amend the ASEAN Comprehensive Investment Agreement (ACIA).
Many SEZs have been associated with compressions of land, labour and human rights. Investment treaties protect investments against adverse regulatory change, including in SEZs. To date, investors have brought at least 20 arbitrations to challenge diverse aspects of SEZ regimes.
The foreign ministry said that most EU countries are supportive of an agreement with Taiwan.
As released by the Government of the Netherlands
The Indian Union Cabinet has approved the draft of an updated bilateral investment protection agreement with Taiwan that is expected to be signed by the end of the year.
As published by the European Commission
Unverified rumours circulated in early 2018 that Canada was willing to abandon NAFTA’s provisions entitling foreign investors to sue for damages under what is called investor-state dispute settlement, or ISDS.