The seventh session of the Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Competition Law and Policy is scheduled to be held from 31 October to 2 November 2006. The session will open in Room XXVI of the Palais de Nations, Geneva, at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, 31 October.
Back to back with this session of the Intergovernmental Group of Experts, the secretariat will hold a one-day Ad Hoc Expert Group on Competition Law and Policy to discuss issues of competition law and policy in regional trade agreements. All participants in the Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Competition Law and Policy are invited to participate in the Ad Hoc Expert Group, which will commence at 10 a.m. in Room XXVI of the Palais des Nations on Monday, 30 October.
Background documents and agenda
The provisional agenda, together with the secretariat´s annotations thereto, is being circulated as document TD/B/COM.2/CLP/52.
In line with the resolution adopted at the Fifth United Nations Conference to Review All Aspects of the Set of Multilaterally Agreed Equitable Principles and Rules for the Control of Restrictive Business Practices, held from 14 to 18 November 2005 (TD/RBP/CONF.6/15), the consultations at the seventh session of the Intergovernmental Group of Experts will focus on the following topics:
The relationship between competition authorities and sectoral regulators, particularly with respect to abuse of dominant positions;
International cooperation in investigating and prosecuting hard-core cartels affecting developing countries;
Analysis of cooperation and dispute settlement mechanisms relating to competition policy in regional free trade agreements, taking into account issues of particular concern to small and developing countries;
Relationship between competition law and policy and subsidies.
The session of the Intergovernmental Group of Experts will also be the occasion to conduct a voluntary peer review of competition law and policy in Tunisia and to give guidance to the secretariat on its technical assistance and capacity-building activities.
States members of UNCTAD wishing to propose additional topics for consultations are requested to inform the UNCTAD secretariat as soon as possible to enable all participants to prepare themselves for such consultations.
States members of UNCTAD wishing to nominate experts to the session are requested to do so by 19 September 2006. Specialized agencies and intergovernmental bodies, should they wish to participate in the session, are requested to inform the UNCTAD secretariat by 19 September 2006 of the names of their representatives.
Non-governmental organizations in the General Category having an interest in the work of the Intergovernmental Group of Experts which wish to participate as observers are requested to inform the UNCTAD secretariat by the same date of the names of their representatives.
The meeting will take place at the United Nations Office at Geneva, Palais des Nations. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in the six official languages of the United Nations.
Upon arrival, participants are requested, before entering the Palais des Nations, to collect their badges at the UN Security Service, Pregny Gate entrance, 14 Avenue de la Paix. The Security Service is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (non-stop). Because of the security measures in force, participants are strongly advised to arrive before 9 a.m. in order to complete entry procedures in good time and proceed to the Meeting in the E-Building (Bâtiment E) of the Palais. Participants are requested to carry a passport or similar national identity card with them. Taxis are not allowed to enter the grounds of the Palais des Nations, and visitors will therefore be dropped off at the requested entrance gates. Furthermore, luggage may not be brought into the buildings unless the Security Service gives special clearance.
Further information and contact details
Communications concerning representation should be sent to the UNCTAD secretariat, Intergovernmental Affairs and Outreach Service, Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10; fax: + 41(0)22 917 0214; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Substantive and other inquiries should be addressed to the Competition and Consumer Policies Branch; fax: + 41(0) 22 917 0247; e-mail: email@example.com.
Secretary-General of UNCTAD
3 August 2006