Investment Policy Expert, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

Mr. Massimo Meloni is an economist and international investment expert in the Division on Investment and Enterprise of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

Mr. Meloni provides expert advice to Governments on economic policies, particularly as they relate to promoting foreign direct investment, the legal and regulatory framework for investment (investment codes, corporate taxation, foreign exchange regulations, labour law, competition, international trade, sectoral regulations) and investment promotion institutions.

Within UNCTAD, Mr. Meloni is responsible for the preparation of Investment Policy Reviews for developing countries and economies in transition, and for the coordination of follow-up technical assistance programs. Investment Policy Reviews are comprehensive evaluations of a country's policy, regulatory and institutional environment for investment.

He was key author of the Investment Policy Reviews of Brazil, Nigeria, the Dominican Republic, Belarus, Guatemala and Mongolia, and participated in the preparation of over 15 other Investment Policy Reviews. He also organized technical assistance programmes to implement the reports' recommendations on the policy environment for investment, including tax policy reform, the regulation of different economic sectors, the modernization of the investment legislation, and the strengthening of investment promotion institutions.

UNCTAD's review of investment policies in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan
The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has carried out Investment Policy Reviews in over 40 developing countries and transition economies around the world. Each review presents a comprehensive assessment of a country's legal, regulatory and institutional framework for foreign direct investment (FDI). The reviews also provide beneficiary countries with policy recommendations aimed at improving the investment climate and the benefits of FDI to the host economy. They are followed by technical assistance from UNCTAD and other development partners. The presentation will introduce the key features of the Investment Policy Review programme and highlight the key findings and recommendations of the Investment Policy Reviews of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, which were completed earlier in 2016.

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