G20 fosters synergies between trade
and investment promotion
Dear WIN members,
In the current uncertain economic climate,
the first G20 Trade and Investment Promotion Summit has sought to tackle
uncertainty head-on by enhancing trade and investment promotion strategies
and policy advocacy in order to benefit from global value chains, while
ensuring sustainable and inclusive development.
The Summit, which took place in Mexico City on 5 and 6 November, brought
together trade promotion organizations and investment promotion agencies
from 18 members of the G20. Representatives from UNCTAD, the International
Trade Centre (ITC), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development,
and the World Trade Organization, as well as leading corporate executives
(the B20), also actively participated in the event.
The emergence of a new global economic landscape has been characterized
by the evolution of global value chains in terms of their scope, scale
and depth. At the same time, economic policy has increasingly been shifting
towards a more inclusive and sustainable development agenda, which calls
for a new generation of strategies and practices in the areas of trade
and investment promotion.
The G20 meeting examined some of these emerging trends and challenges,
recognizing that trade and investment are inextricably intertwined today
through global value chains, and that trade and investment policies need
to be coherent and mutually reinforcing. The discussion focused on how
promotion agencies can facilitate,
in practical terms, their country’s access to global value chains, and
also on how to maximize the development benefits of international production
Participants at the meeting focused on the synergies between trade and
investment promotion, support for building the supply capacity of small
and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and SMEs’ linkages with global companies.
Participants agreed to establish a platform for the regular exchange of
experiences and good practices in trade-investment promotion and policy
advocacy. They also discussed synergies between the G20 process on the
one hand, and ITC's World Export Development Forum and UNCTAD’s World
Investment Forum on the other.
At the request of the Mexican Presidency, UNCTAD provided substantive backstopping
to this G20 process. UNCTAD helped with the conceptualization of the event,
prepared an issues paper on global value chains and trade/investment promotion,
facilitated discussions by delivering a keynote speech at the opening plenary
as well as lead presentations for two of the three round tables, and assisted
in formulating the summary outcomes.
Investment & Enterprise Division
United Nations Conference on Trade & Development
Palais des Nations, Geneva
Tel: +41 22 9175797