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Multi-year expert meeting on investment for development (second session)
03 - 05 February 2010

Key Issues

Foreign direct investment and domestic investment and development: enhancing productive capacities

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At its forty-fourth executive session, the Trade and Development Board agreed that the Investment, Enterprise and Development Commission should convoke a multi-year expert meeting on investment for development.

The fifty-fifth session of the Trade and Development Board approved the terms of reference for the second session, as follows:

"The expert meeting will analyse the development impact of both domestic investment activities and, in particular, foreign direct investment, including the interaction between the two. It will also analyse public-private partnerships. The impact of these activities on productive capacities in the food and agricultural sector, among others, may also be analysed"    (TD/B/55/9, 1 October 2008)

The purpose of this meeting is to bring together experts, government policymakers, and representatives of transnational corporations, civil society and academia to address the development implications of investments, combining both foreign and domestic sources, and designing and preparing effective and active policies to boost the productive capacities and international competitiveness of developing and transition economies.

The meeting will examine three different case studies - infrastructure, agriculture (including food production) and climate change - and "discuss how policies can help ensure that the direct and indirect effects of both foreign and domestic investment" (TD/B/55/9, page 9) bring development gains, with due respect given to public-private initiatives.

At the outset of the meeting, participants will also examine how these two forms of investment - domestic and foreign - have evolved in the past two to three decades, and what the optimum level of investment would be to ensure that there are no crowding-out effects between the two investments and that synergies between them will be enhanced.

Inputs from experts

Experts nominated by member States are encouraged to submit brief papers (approximately five pages) to:

Rosalina Goyena
T.: +41 22 917 5746
E.: rosalina.goyena@unctad.org

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



The second session of the Multi-year Expert Meeting on Investment for Development will consider "FDI and domestic investment and development: enhancing productive capacities". The meeting will take place from 3 to 5 February 2010 in room XXVI of the Palais des Nations, Geneva. It will be opened at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, 3 February 2010.

This is a sequel to the first session, "The development dimension of international investment agreements", which was held on 10 and 11 February 2009.


UNCTAD member States are requested to nominate experts no later than 20 January 2010.

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

The meeting may be of particular interest to government officials dealing with issues related to investment, foreign investment, industry policies and economic strategies. 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 20 January 2010.

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; on the needs of beneficiaries, in particular LDCs; and on the expertise of the experts concerned. Changes in the names of nominees will be considered as new nominations.

Nominations with requests for financing should be received no later than 10 January 2010 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 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.II/MEM.3/4. In order to facilitate the discussion, the UNCTAD secretariat has prepared an issues note, which will be circulated as TD/B/C.II/MEM.3/5.

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 agriculture and/or climate change.

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 22 917 0214; e-mail: meetings@unctad.org.

All other enquiries should be addressed to the coordinators in the substantive division, tel: +41 22 917 1124 or +41 22 917 5756; fax: +41 22 917 0194; e-mail: masataka.fujita@unctad.org, hafiz.mirza@unctad.org, or joachim.karl@ unctad.org.


Supachai Panitchpakdi
Secretary-General of UNCTAD
11 December 2009


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