The Expert Meeting on Energy Services in International Trade: Development Implications will be held from 23 to 25 July 2001 at the Palais des Nations, Geneva. It will open at 10 a.m. on Monday 23 July. The provisional agenda, together with the secretariat’s annotations thereto, will be circulated as document TD/B/COM.1/EM.16/1.
The Meeting will address the topic of international trade in energy services and its development implications. In particular, it will consider: (i) the development dimension, by analysing how the strengthening of the energy services sector can contribute to a better and larger access to energy in developing countries. More specifically, the Meeting will evaluate the actual or potential impact of the deregulation of developing country energy markets on their own development perspectives; (ii) the trade dimension, by focusing on how to increase developing countries´ participation in the globalizing international markets for energy services and how to create a supportive surrounding through appropriate trade negotiations in energy services and in the related sectors. The actual or potential impact of the liberalization of developed country energy markets on developing countries will also be analysed. It will be relevant to look at the links between energy services and other components of the energy industry, as well as between energy services and other internationally traded services.
The UNCTAD secretariat has prepared a background note to focus discussions, which will be circulated as document TD/B/COM.1/EM.16/2. International organizations such as the WTO, OECD, UNECE, OPEC and the World Bank are being invited to contribute additional background materials. Experts participating in the Meeting are requested to make written contributions with respect to their specific experiences in the field of the subject matter. The contributions will be made available at the Meeting in the form and language in which they are received.
Member States of UNCTAD are requested to nominate experts at an early date and not later than 22 June 2001. 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 Governments, the academic world, the public and private sectors and NGOs. It is hoped that participants, based on their expertise, will participate actively in the debate and that the Expert Meeting will be an opportunity for clarifying and deepening understanding of trade in the energy services sector and its development implications. Experts may include executives from oil, gas, electricity and other energies firms, operators of transmission systems and power pools, representatives from firms and firm associations which deliver services to the energy industry, energy brokers and traders.
With regard to financing the participation of developing country experts in UNCTAD expert meetings, in accordance with the Trade and Development Board decision 456 (XLV), Governments of developing countries are requested to nominate one expert as a possible beneficiary of financing for this Expert Meeting. Nominations should be received at least one month before the meeting, and they should be accompanied by a curriculum vitae of the nominee, his/her address, phone and fax numbers or e-mail address, and the name of a contact person in the Permanent Mission in Geneva. The Secretary-General of UNCTAD will base his decision as to which experts should receive financing on the principle of equitable geographical representation, beneficiary needs, and the expertise of the experts concerned. It should be noted, in this connection, that the limited funds available will make it possible to finance the participation of only a few experts. Once the list of experts has been finalized, the Secretary-General will have all travel arrangements made in accordance with the United Nations financial rules and regulations, though, in order to cover as many experts as possible, use of the least costly travel fare will be authorized.
Upon arrival, participants are requested, before entering the Palais des Nations, to collect their badge at the UN Security Service, Villa Les Feuillantines, 13 Avenue de la Paix (close to the main entrance to the Palais on the Place des Nations, on the opposite side of the road). The Security Service is open from 8:00 to 17:00 hrs. (non-stop). It is advisable to arrive by 9:00 hrs. to complete procedures and reach the Meeting in good time. Walking from Villa Les Feuillantines to the E-Building (Batiment E) of the Palais takes about 10 minutes. Participants are advised to carry a passport or similar identification document with them.
Specialized agencies and intergovernmental bodies wishing to participate in the session, 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 22 June 2001.
All communications concerning representation at the Meeting should be sent to the UNCTAD secretariat, Intergovernmental Support Services, Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10 (tel.: +4122 907 5007; fax: +4122 907 0056, e-mail: correspondence@UNCTAD.org).
All other enquiries should be addressed to
Ms. Simonetta Zarrilli, coordinator of the Expert Meeting in the substantive division, Division on International Trade in Goods and Services, and Commodities, (tel.: +4122 907 5622; fax: +4122 907 0044, e-mail: email@example.com).
Secretary-General of UNCTAD
2 May 2001