Expert Meeting on National Experiences with Regulation and Liberalization: Examples in the Construction Services Sector and its Contribution to the Development of Developing Countries
23 - 25 October 2000

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The Expert Meeting on National Experiences with Regulation and Liberalization: Examples in the Construction Services Sector and its Contribution to the Development of Developing Countries will be held from 23 to 25 October 2000 at the Palais des Nations, Geneva. It will open at 10 a.m. on Monday, 23 October. The provisional agenda, together with the secretariat’s annotations thereto, is being circulated as document TD/B/COM.1/EM.12/1.

The Meeting will focus on:

  1. the scope of the sector and the interconnected services that are important in the delivery of construction projects;
  2. new trends and challenges that developing countries face in the construction sector in view of the globalization and internationalization of production;
  3. the positive and negative experiences of countries in regulation and liberalization of the construction services sector;
  4. the policies that should be adopted nationally to improve the competitiveness of companies in developing countries, both domestically and internationally; and
  5. the barriers that are limiting trading opportunities for developing country firms and means of addressing them multilaterally.

The UNCTAD secretariat has prepared a background note, being circulated as document TD/B/COM.1/EM.12/2. International organizations such as WTO, OECD, the World Bank and regional development banks are being invited to contribute additional background materials. Experts participating in the Meeting are requested to make written contributions on all or any of the points mentioned above.

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 the academic world, the public and private sectors and NGOs. The participation of members of national construction or engineering associations would be particularly appropriate. With regard to the financing of 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 and fax numbers, and the name of the contact person in the Geneva Permanent 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. 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 (Bâtiment 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 22 September 2000. 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 the same date.

All communications concerning representation should be sent to: UNCTAD secretariat, Intergovernmental Support Services, Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland. (Tel: +41 22 907 5007; Fax: +41 22 907 0056; e-mail:

(p.p. signed)
Rubens Ricupero
Secretary-General of UNCTAD
9 August 2000


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