In this context, it is important for policy makers to take stock of current trade strategies and improve the coherence of trade and investment policies. Trade agreements increasingly include investment rules and address a wider range of policy issues that also affect business strategies, including competition policy, public intervention, taxation and subsidies, financial flows, exchange rates, protection of intellectual property rights, free movement of professionals and data flows. Such an approach allows for greater policy coherence within trade agreements. In the Services section on the WTO website, you will find information on WTO work on investment and the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) Although international trade and investment are often seen as two sides of the same coin, the relationship is complex and has evolved over time. For example, global value chains (CICs) have exacerbated the interdependence between trade and foreign direct investment (FDI), with companies combining trade and investment to organize input supply, expand into new markets, access knowledge and provide services to consumers. Within the WTO, there are three main areas of work on trade and investment: but political coherence also needs to be strengthened in different types of international agreements – for example between regional trade agreements and bilateral investment agreements – and between international and national rules. More political attention to clarifying the rules for trade flows and FDI flows can help ensure a level playing field for different types of cross-border trade relations. Overview of GATS and Rules for Growth and Investment Links to the GATS section and the rules for growth and investment in the WTO Guide. If you need help with international investment research, visit the Help for Research page on the Georgetown University Law Library website. Or contact the Law Library`s international and foreign law department by phone (202-662-4195) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Students at the Georgetown Law Centre can arrange a one-on-one research consultation with a librarian.
Brief information on trade and investment within the WTO Links to the Trade and Investment Division of the WTO Guide to the WTO Agreement. What we have seen so far is that trade and investment are not a binary choice for businesses (i.e., companies do not choose between trade or investment, but often do both), and that strategies vary considerably from sector to sector and sector to sector. As a result, some industries are very active in distribution activities (for example. B the food and banking sectors), while others are more dependent on trade in goods and services (e.B automotive or telecommunications equipment); Others continue to use both trade and trade at the same intensity (for example. B clothes and shoes or internet services). A better understanding of the relative intensity of trade and different sectors can help policy makers prioritize measures and anticipate effects within economic activity. International investment law governs foreign direct investment and the settlement of disputes between foreign investors and sovereign states.