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Multi-year expert meeting on enterprise development policies and capacity-building in science, technology and innovation (STI) (second session)
20 - 22 January 2010
Room XXVI, Palais des Nations

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The meeting is aimed at identifying policies and best practices that encourage the creation and promotion of the international competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and capacity-building in science, technology and innovation.

As a follow-up to the first multi-year expert meeting, which took place in January 2009, the theme of the meeting in January 2010 will be: "From the evaluation based on indicators to policy frameworks for entrepreneurship and small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) development and innovation - firm foundation, growth, finance and failure".

Experts will discuss how to formulate, monitor and evaluate national entrepreneurship and science, technology and innovation policies that can support and energize national sustainable development strategies.

The outcome of the meeting will contribute to the formulation of a comprehensive policy framework and indicators for the promotion of entrepreneurship and science, technology and innovation and to an inventory of best practices that should be available at the end of the full cycle of sessions of the multi-year expert meeting.

Inputs 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 should be submitted to the UNCTAD secretariat in advance of the meeting. Papers, which will draw on national and private sector experience, will be made available at the meeting in the form and language in which they are received.

Experts are requested to submit papers by 10 January 2010.

Papers related to enterprise policies and indicators should be forwarded to:

Ms. Fulvia Farinelli
Enterprise Development Branch
Division on Investment and Enterprise
Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10

F.: +41 22 917 0122
E.: fulvia.farinelli@unctad.org

Papers related to STI policies and indicators should be forwarded to:

Ms. Marta Pérez Cuso
Science, Technology and ICT Branch
Division on Technology and Logistics

F.: +41 22 917 0052
E.: marta.perez.cuso@unctad.org



The multi-year expert meeting on Enterprise Development Policies and Capacity-building in Science, Technology and Innovation will be held from 20 to 22 January 2010 in room XXVI of the Palais des Nations, Geneva. It will begin at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, 20 January 2010.


UNCTAD member States are requested to nominate experts no later than 6 January 2010.

Experts, who will participate in the meeting in their personal capacities, 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 will be of interest to government officials and representatives of the private sector involved in enterprise formation, incubation and financing, as well as in the promotion of public-private partnerships aimed at increasing the integration of developing countries´ SMEs into the global economy.

The meeting will also be of interest to government officials and to representatives of the private sector involved in science, technology and innovation policy. In addition, experts from international and regional organizations will attend.

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 6 January 2010.

Financial assistance

Limited funds will be made available to finance the participation of a selected number of officially nominated experts from least developed countries. 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 and the expertise of the experts concerned, as well as the type and availability of funding for financing the participation of experts. Changes in nominated experts will be considered as new nominations.

Nominations with requests for financing should be received no later than 30 November 2009 and should be accompanied by the following information:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Mailing address
  • Telephone and fax number
  • E-mail address
  • Nomination letter from the country´s permanent mission in Geneva

It should be noted 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. The least costly fare will be authorized.

These experts are expected to prepare brief papers on issues they consider particularly important.

Background documents and contributed papers

The provisional agenda for the meeting, together with the secretariat´s annotations thereto, is being circulated as document TD/B/C.II/MEM.1/5. In order to facilitate the discussion, the UNCTAD secretariat has prepared an issue note, which will be circulated as TD/B/C.II/MEM.1/6.

In addition, all 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 participation of SMEs in global value chains. 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. 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 United Nations Security Service gives special clearance.

Further information and contact details

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 2943 (for enterprise development) or +41 (0) 22 917 5891 (for science, technology and innovation issues); fax: +41 (0) 22 917 0122; e-mail: fiorina.mugione@unctad.org or angel.gonzalez-sanz@unctad.org.


Supachai Panitchpakdi
Secretary-General of UNCTAD
6 November 2009


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