Expert Meeting on Ways to Enhance the Production and Export Capacities of Developing Countries of Agriculture and Food Products, Including Niche Products, Such as Environmentally Preferable Products
16 - 18 July 2001

Key Issues



The Expert Meeting on Ways to Enhance the Production and Export Capacities of Developing Countries of Agriculture and Food Products, including Niche Products, such as Environmentally Preferable Products will be held from 16 to 18 July 2001. The Meeting will open at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, at 10 a.m. on Monday, 16 July 2001. The provisional agenda for the Meeting, together with the secretariat´s annotations thereto, is being circulated as document TD/B/COM.1/EM.15/1.

The Meeting will involve an exchange of experiences among the experts on ways to address the supply and marketing constraints faced by developing countries for the production and export of agriculture and food products, especially niche products and environmentally preferable products. It will focus on identifying possible actions at the national and international levels that could improve the production and export capacities of developing countries so that they could benefit from export opportunities created by trade liberalization in agriculture. Issues likely to be addressed during the Meeting include access to information and to finance, research and development, product differentiation, standards and certification, regional co-operation and business partnerships.

To facilitate the experts´ discussions, the UNCTAD secretariat will circulate a background note as document TD/B/COM.1/EM.15/2. In addition, experts participating in the Meeting are requested to prepare brief papers on the subject under discussion. These papers 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, who will participate in the Meeting in their personal capacities. Experts are expected to have proven expertise in the subject under discussion, and may be selected from the academic world, the public and private sectors and NGOs.

With regard to financing the participation of developing country experts in UNCTAD expert meetings in accordance with 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 four weeks before the meeting, and they should be accompanied by a curriculum vitae of the nominee, his or her address, phone number and fax number or e-mail address, and the name of a contact person in the Geneva mission. 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 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 of the Palais (Batiment E) takes about 10 minutes. Participants are advised to carry a passport or similar identification document on them.

States members of UNCTAD wishing to nominate experts to the Meeting are requested to do so by 8 June 2001. Specialized agencies and intergovernmental bodies wishing to participate in the session, as well as non-governmental organizations in the General Category and those in Special Category wishing to participate as observers, are requested to inform the UNCTAD secretariat of the names of their representatives by the same date.

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:

All other enquiries should be addressed to Mr. Mehmet Arda, tel.: +41 22 907 57 90, fax: +41 22 907 05 09, e-mail: or to Mr. René Vossenaar, tel.: +41 22 907 56 79, fax: +41 22 907 00 44, e-mail:

Rubens Ricupero
Secretary-General of UNCTAD
1 May 2001


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