However, Ms Lalumiére called for France to continue to liberalise investment projects, but not within the OECD. « On the one hand, under these conditions, it would be impossible to compensate for the concessions demanded by the companies and, on the other hand, the objections of the opponents would be just as strong. »  France has followed a number of other nations, including Canada and Australia, whose governments have been subjected to relentless pressure from civil society to abandon the MAI or radically transform it. Answer: No, the MAI will not require its members to allow unlimited foreign investment in all sectors of the economy. The MAI will reflect the reality that certain sectors are politically and/or economically sensitive to different countries and are therefore exempt from obligations. The MAI also recognizes that these areas of sensitivity vary from country to country. AMI supporters (such as the United States, Canada and several EU member states) continue to promote investment provisions that are similar to regional trade agreements, bilateral investment agreements, bilateral free trade agreements and discussions within the Global Trade Organization, which will be incorporated into the General Agreement on Trade in Services. Before the end of 1998, British Trade Minister Brian Wilson announced that investment negotiations could be transferred to the WTO. The 29 OECD countries and the European Union are negotiating the MAI. In addition, the World Trade Organization (WTO) and a number of other countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Hong Kong and Slovakia) are observing the negotiations, some of which have stated that they want to finally sign the agreement.
The Multilateral Investment Agreement (MIA), negotiated under the auspices of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), would create a broad multilateral framework for high-level international investment. One of the main objectives of the agreement is to ensure non-discriminatory treatment of all investors, regardless of nationality. In addition to removing discrimination related to the establishment, expansion and operation of investments, the agreement also provides the freedom to transfer investment-related payments, market distortion measures, such as certain performance requirements, and ensures the application of international standards to state expropriations, including compensation, which are compliant in the United States.