Egypt 4th most sued by investors as new trade deal approaches

Egypt ranks fourth among countries most sued by investors, according to data from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
The data, released in a report on state-investors' disputes by the UNCTAD in February, ranked Egypt fourth after Argentina (1st), Venezuela and the Czech Republic.
Egypt said in February it resolved 259 out of 375 disputes with investors ahead of its major economic conference in Sharm el-Sheikh in March, when it issued a unified investment law designed to facilitate procedures for investment seekers.
The world is anticipating a new world trade agreement spearheaded by the United States which aims to boost investments by strengthening legal protection for companies.
“The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) — a wide-ranging accord that would encompass 40 percent of the world's trade — could be sealed in Hawaii this week after more than five years of talks,” AFP reported, adding “critics fear a controversial mechanism to protect investors will strengthen the hand of big business while eroding national sovereignty” through the imminent agreement which will crown five years of talks.

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