USCIB Defends Investment Agreements at G20 Global Forum in Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

On October 5, USCIB Vice President for Investment and Financial Services Shaun Donnelly participated in a panel discussion in a day-long OECD/G20 Global Forum on International Investment in Istanbul.

Along with Donnelly, the following panelists made the case for strong investment chapters in international trade agreements, including investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS): Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Michael PunkeKurt Tong, principal deputy assistant secretary for the bureau of economic and business affairs at the Department of State; and Bernhard Welschke, secretary general of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) to the OECD.

“Other panelists, including from the EU and other foreign governments plus senior OECD staff, criticized  investment agreements, especially ISDS arbitration procedures,” said Donnelly. “Our ‘gang of four’ and a few other business panelists each in our own way made the case for strong investment agreements.”

Donnelly continued: “We’re counting on Ambassador Punke, representing USTR Michael Froman, to be a strong voice for strong, balanced Investment agreements along lines of U.S. Model Bilateral Investment Treaty.”

Staff Contact:   Shaun Donnelly

Senior Adviser
Tel: 202.682.1221

Shaun Donnelly oversees USCIB’s work on foreign investment policy, treatment of multinational enterprises, financial services and anti-corruption. A career diplomat who has held several senior executive branch posts and joined USCIB in 2011, Donnelly leads business efforts to open markets abroad for American investment and financial services, and to promote high standards of protection for cross-border investment, both in the United States and overseas.
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