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International Investment Perspectives 2006

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This annual report reviews recent developments in international direct investment, includes recent statistics and highlights policy responses that will help countries reap the full benefits of investment.  This edition's special focus is on legal and policy issues arising from international investment agreements.  The articles in this section investigate novel features of recent bilateral investment treaties; options for improving the system of investor-state dispute settlement; and the consolidation of claims as an avenue for improving investment arbitration.   Other articles in this volume cover how new technologies are a force advancing the closer integration of national economies;  the challenges and opportunities for policy makers that arise from international investor participation in infrastructure; recent evidence of source (or "home") country benefits of outward direct investment; and the role of the OECD peer review process in building investment policy capacity.

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Building Investment Policy Capacity

The OECD Peer Review Process

The awareness of the economic benefits of private investment, be it of foreign or domestic origin, has rarely been as strong and widely shared across countries as is the case these days. Investmentenhancing policies have consequently moved to the forefront of governments’ agendas. Building the necessary capacity to deliver policy reform is, however, often a complex and enduring task. Modern learning theory and more than forty years of experience with the implementation of OECD’s investment instruments show that “peer reviews”, OECD’s most distinctive working method, is a helpful tool for building such policy capacity. The “Policy Framework for Investment” endorsed by the 2006 OECD Ministerial is expected to further enhance the contribution of OECD and other investment policy reviews in improving investment climates. This article highlights the origins, purposes, content and lessons learned from OECD Investment Policy Reviews.

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