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Multi-year expert meeting on services, development and trade: the regulatory and institutional dimension
17 - 19 March 2009

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The first session of the multi-year expert meeting is being held further to the decision taken at the forty-fourth executive session of the Trade and Development Board on 10 July 2008.

The objective of the multi-year expert meeting is to assist developing countries, especially those in Africa, LDCs and countries with special needs in accordance with the Accra Accord, as well as countries with economies in transition, in establishing regulatory and institutional frameworks and cooperative mechanisms to support strengthening of their domestic services capacity and its efficiency, competitiveness and export capacity.

According to the decision of the Board, this session of the multi-year expert meeting is to address:

  1. Trends and salient features of regulatory and institutional frameworks for services, development and trade.

  2. The efficiency and effectiveness of regulatory and institutional frameworks and their interaction with supply capacities, non-trade-related objectives, including universal access policies and trade liberalization.

  3. Exchange of experiences and best practices for building human capital, and institutional and regulatory frameworks based on sectoral and modal (including Mode 4) case studies and policy reviews.

The purpose of this meeting is to bring together experts and practitioners from Governments, services policymakers and regulators, trade negotiators, research institutions, civil society and the private sector to address the development implications of regulatory and institutional frameworks, and identify and clarify the key issues to be further analyzed to enhance the capacity of developing countries to benefit from services development and trade.

The outcome of the expert meeting will be used as input for the final session of the multi-year expert meeting, with a view to formulating practical options and actionable outcomes in line with paragraph 207 of the Accra Accord, including through the last of the four sessions of this multi-year expert meeting, which is expected to assess the impact of regulatory and institutional frameworks for services, development and trade and identify practical solutions, options, capacity-building programmes and indicative guidelines/checklists of best practices for policymakers and regulators.

Input from experts

Experts nominated by member States are encouraged to submit brief papers (approximately five pages) as contributions to the work of the meeting.

The papers will be made available at the meeting in the form and language in which they are received.

Submit papers by 1 March 2009 to:

Ms. Mina Mashayekhi
Head, Trade Negotiations and Commercial Diplomacy Branch
Division on International Trade in Goods and Services, and Commodities
Palais des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland

F.: +41 22 917 0044

E.: Mina.Mashayekhi@unctad.org

cc: Martine.kidane@unctad.org

cc: Aurangzeb.Butt@unctad.org



The first session of the multi-year expert meeting on "Services, Development and Trade: the Regulatory and Institutional Dimension" will be held from 17 to 19 March 2009, in room XXVI of the Palais des Nations, Geneva. It will be opened at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, 17 March.


Member States of UNCTAD are requested to nominate experts at an early date and not later than 23 February 2009.

Experts, who will participate in the meeting in a personal capacity, are expected to have proven expertise in the subject, and may be selected from governmental and non-governmental organizations, private entities or academia.

The meeting may be of particular interest to government officials and representatives of the private sector involved in the regulation and supervision of infrastructural services, including energy, telecommunications, transport, water and financial services.

The meeting may also be of particular interest to government officials and to representatives of the private sector involved in standard setting for infrastructural services. In addition, experts from international and regional organizations will be invited as resource persons.

Specialized agencies and intergovernmental bodies wishing to participate in the meeting, as well as non-governmental organizations in the general category and those in the special category wishing to participate as observers, are requested to inform the UNCTAD secretariat of the names of their representatives by 23 February 2009.

Financial assistance

Depending on the availability of funding, in the Trust Fund for Financing the Participation of Experts at the time, funds may be made available to finance the participation of a limited number of officially nominated experts from developing countries, and countries with economies in transition. Governments requiring funding are therefore invited to explicitly request financing in their letters of nomination. The decision as to which experts should receive financing will be based on the principle of equitable geographical representation; needs of beneficiaries, in particular LDCs; and the expertise of the experts concerned. Changes in nominated experts will be considered as new nominations.

Nominations with requests for financing should be received no later than 3 February 2009 and should be accompanied by the following information about the nominee:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Mailing address
  • Telephone and fax number
  • E-mail address
  • Name of a contact person in the country´s permanent mission in Geneva
  • It should be noted in this connection that once the list of experts to be financed has been finalized, all travel arrangements will be made in accordance with United Nations rules and regulations, although use of the least costly fare will be authorized.
  • Background documents and contributed papers

    The provisional agenda for the meeting, together with the secretariat´s annotations thereto, will be circulated as document TD/B/C.I/MEM.3/1. In order to facilitate the discussion, the UNCTAD secretariat has prepared an issues note, which will be circulated as TD/B/C.I/MEM.3/2.

    Experts are encouraged to prepare and submit brief papers related to one or several of the issues contained in the provisional agenda to the meeting, as well as those relating to their country´s experience in increasing the regulation of infrastructural services.

    These papers will be made available to the meeting in the form and language in which they are received.


    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 United Nations 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 entrance gates. Furthermore, luggage may not be brought into the buildings unless the Security Service gives special clearance.

    Nominations and enquiries

    Nominations and related communications concerning representation at the meeting should be sent to the UNCTAD secretariat, Intergovernmental Support Service, Palais des Nations, CH- 1211 Geneva 10; fax: + 41(0) 22 917 0214; e-mail: meetings@unctad.org.

    All other enquiries should be addressed to the coordinators in the substantive divisions, tel.: +41 (0)22 917 5866 or +41 (0)22 917 5863; fax: +41 (0)22 917 0044; e-mail: mina.mashayekhi@unctad.org or martine.kidane@unctad.org or aurangzeb.butt@unctad.org.


    Supachai Panitchpakdi
    Secretary-General of UNCTAD
    16 January 2009


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