Investment Facilitation

Investment facilitation is a set of policies and actions that seek to make it easier for investors to establish and expand their operations, as well as to conduct their day-to-day business in host countries.

Measures usually focus on the alleviation of ground-level obstacles to investment, for example by introducing transparency and improving the availability of information, and by making administrative procedures more effective and efficient.

  • Promote accessibility and transparency in investment policies and regulations and procedures relevant to investors;
  • Enhance predictability and consistency in the application of investment policies;
  • Improve the efficiency of investment administrative procedures;
  • Build constructive stakeholder relationships in investment policy practice;
  • Designate a lead agency, focal point, or investment facilitator with a mandate to handle investor complaints and prevent disputes;
  • Establish monitoring and review mechanisms for investment facilitation;
  • Enhance international cooperation on investment facilitation;
  • Strengthen investment facilitation efforts in developing-country partners through support and technical assistance;
  • Enhance investment policy and proactive investment attraction in developing-country partners through capacity building;
  • Complement investment facilitation by enhancing international cooperation for investment promotion for development, including through provisions in international investment agreements.