International investment agreements, investment laws and policies provide the basic legal and policy framework for cross-border investment in many countries, but these policies and laws have received relatively little attention in the international community. In particular, Southern investors tend to lack knowledge regarding these issues, as they have relatively little experience in investing in other developing countries.
In this context, as one of the activities of the South-South Global Thinkers: The Global Coalition of Think Tanks Networks for South-South Cooperation initiative, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) and Yingke Law Firm launched the debate around policy incentives and barriers in a dedicated event held in Bangkok, Thailand, on 23 August 2017.
The event brought together more than 130 representatives from governments, the private sector, think tanks and civil society organizations from over 18 countries. This scoping background paper assesses the issues discussed during the seminar. The primary objectives are to guide a comprehensive review of policy frameworks and identify further research questions on the policy and legal environment for South-South investments in Asia.