No growth for commercial services exports in the second quarter of 2012 24 Oct -
According to preliminary estimates by the WTO and UNCTAD, in the second quarter of 2012, world exports of commercial services (balance-of-payments basis, current prices) recorded zero growth as compared with the same quarter of the last year, following the declining pattern of growth observed during the last four quarters.
WIPO and UNCTAD hold first cooperation meeting 23 Oct -
The International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and UNCTAD have launched a process of regular meetings at the senior level to strengthen collaboration between the two agencies on a range of different areas of work.
Peru trade minister to open South-South expert meeting 23 Oct -
H.E. Mr. José Luis Silva Martinot, Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism of Peru, will be delivering a keynote address at the opening of the fourth Multi-year Expert Meeting on International Cooperation: South-South Cooperation and Regional Integration, on Wednesday 24th October.
UNCTAD supports WAEMU member States’ reform of regional competition framework 22 Oct -
As part of a project on reforming the regional competition framework, the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) Commission and UNCTAD’s Competition and Consumer Policies Branch have recently jointly supported national consultation seminars, in Burkina Faso on 5 October and in Senegal on 9 October.
Assistance to Myanmar: inter-agency coordination ongoing 22 Oct -
UNCTAD has held a meeting of the United Nations Inter-Agency Cluster on Trade and Productive Capacity with the Permanent Mission of Myanmar in Geneva. Participating in the meeting were representatives of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, the International Trade Centre, the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law and the United Nations Office for Project Services.
New Executive Director of International Trade Centre being recruited 17 Oct -
The post of Executive Director of the International Trade Centre (ITC) will become vacant in June 2013 upon the completion of the term of the incumbent. Based on a joint recommendation by the Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the new Executive Director will be appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations.
Assisting States in drafting better investment agreements 15 Oct -
A new UNCTAD publication, the sequel to the 1999 Pink Series paper on expropriation, analyses expropriation provisions in international investment agreements (IIAs) and their interpretation by arbitral tribunals. Moving beyond a merely descriptive role, the paper offers policy options to assist States in drafting IIA clauses that help to promote sustainable development.
UNCTAD outlines policy options for boosting enterprise and stimulating competitiveness in OIC member States 12 Oct -
The Director of UNCTAD’s Division on Investment and Enterprise, Mr. James Zhan, has been in Istanbul this week to present the Division's recent Entrepreneurship Policy Framework (EPF) to a ministerial session of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). Mr. Zhan was invited to speak about small and medium-sized enterprise development and policy options to increase the competitiveness of SMEs, particularly in OIC member States.