The Trade and Development Board held its forty-third session from 7 to 18 October 1996. The session was the first regular session of the Board since UNCTAD IX, held in Midrand, South Africa, in April/May 1996, and therefore served to launch the substantive implementation of the decisions taken at Midrand.
The issues taken up by the Board and its 143 member States include development strategies and the lessons from East Asian development experience, the Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries for the 1990s, and the United Nations New Agenda for the Development of Africa.
One of the main features of the session, however, was an innovative "segment for high-level participation" on foreign direct investment. This event, which took place on 10 October, centered around panel discussions involving ministers, heads of intergovernmental agencies and corporate executives; it was chaired by the President of UNCTAD IX, Minister Alec Erwin of South Africa.
The forty-third session of the Board marked the end of the presidency of H.E. Ambassador William Rossier of Switzerland, who presided over the board during the preparations for UNCTAD IX and during the immediate follow-up and played a prominent role during the Conference itself. Ambassador Rossier was succeeded by H.E. Ambassador Patrick Sinyinza of Zambia, who will thus preside over the work of the Board during the critical first year of substantive follow-up to the Conference.
All communications concerning representation should be sent to the Office of the Secretary of the Board. (Tel: + 4122 907 48 15; Fax: + 4122 907 00 56; E-mail: Awni.Behnam@unctad.org).