Having regard to Article 5 b) of the Convention on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development of 14 December 1960;
Having regard to the Declaration on International Investment and Multinational Enterprises [C(76)99/FINAL] and related Acts;
HAVING REGARD to the OECD Ministerial Declaration on Policy Coherence for Development (PCD) adopted by Ministers of OECD countries at the Ministerial Council on 4 June 2008 [C/MIN(2008)2/FINAL], and the OECD Strategy on Development endorsed at the meeting of the Council at Ministerial level on 23-24 May 2012 [C/MIN(2012)6], which states that the OECD will provide a platform for dialogue with developing countries and key stakeholders on PCD issues, as well as on the increased relevance of PCD in developing countries in the spirit of mutual partnership as agreed during the Financing for Development Conferences in Monterrey and Doha;
Recognising the contribution of investment to growth, employment, skills, innovation, and development;
ACKNOWLEDGING the importance of an enabling policy environment to reap the full economic, social and environmental benefits of investment;
CONSIDERING that the Policy Framework for Investment (hereafter the “PFI”) developed in 2006 as a component of the OECD Initiative on Investment for Development [C(2006)68, C/M(2006)9/PROV, Item 122 and C/MIN(2006)3] has been used extensively on a demand-driven basis to assist in improving business climates and enhance the benefits of private investment to society and sustainable development;
HAVING REGARD to the OECD Strategy on Development, which called for reassessing and adapting OECD frameworks and mechanisms for broader application in a more diverse set of developing country circumstances, and described the PFI as one exemplary tool to strengthen the enabling environment for domestic and foreign investment, adapted to a wide range of political contexts, and developed with the full involvement of many non-Members, and highlighted the need to place greater emphasis on learning from the experiences and development approaches of Partners [C/MIN(2012)6];
HAVING REGARD to the 2014 Ministerial Council Statement in which Ministers underscored the role of the OECD to improve Members’ understanding of investment flows and asked for an update of the PFI at the 2015 meeting of the Council at Ministerial level [C/MIN(2014)15/FINAL];
WELCOMING the 2015 update of the PFI through an inclusive and open consultative process to reflect users’ feedback and recent policy trends [C/MIN(2015)5];
RECOGNISING that the PFI covers a wide range of different areas, including: horizontal policies and practices; investment policy; investment promotion and facilitation; trade policy; competition; tax policy; corporate governance; responsible business conduct; human resources development; investment in infrastructure; financing investment; public governance and green growth, that policy makers need to take into account in elaborating and implementing their investment related policies; and that following the PFI approach can improve policy coherence as well as providing investors with a stable investment climate.
On the proposal of the Investment Committee, with the concurrence of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC):
I. RecommEndS that Members and non-Members adhering to this Recommendation (hereafter the “Adherents”) use, as appropriate, the PFI, and in particular:
i) to facilitate coherence at all levels of government for better policy formulation and implementation;
ii) co-operation programmes and dialogues, and multilateral discussions on investment-related policies, and
iii) as a source of international good practices on investment climate reforms.
II. RecommEndS that Adherents promote the PFI as a tool for development co-operation programmes and policy dialogue with partner countries to foster investment and private sector development.
III. InvitS the Secretary-General to disseminate this Recommendation widely.
IV. InvitS the Adherents to disseminate this Recommendation at all levels of government.
V. INVITS non-Adherents to take account of and adhere to this Recommendation.
VI. INSTRUCTS the Investment Committee, in co-operation with the DAC, to evaluate the implementation of this Recommendation, notably through the Advisory Group on Investment and Development, and to report thereon to the Council no later than five years following its adoption and regularly thereafter.