The Expert Meeting on Mergers and Acquisitions: Policies Aimed at Maximizing the Positive and Minimizing the Possible Negative Impact of International Investment will be held from 19 to 21 June 2000. It will open at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, at 10 a.m. on Monday, 19 June.
The provisional agenda for the Meeting, together with the secretariat’s annotations thereto, is circulated as document TD/B/COM.2/EM.7/1. The UNCTAD secretariat is preparing, as official documentation for the Meeting, an issues note entitled "Cross border M&As: trends, impact on development and policy implications" (TD/B/COM.2/EM.7/2), aimed at facilitating the discussions. In addition, experts are encouraged to prepare brief papers on the subject under discussion. The issues to be addressed in those papers are listed in paragraph 6 of the provisional agenda. These papers will be made available to other participants in the form and language in which they are received.
Member States are requested to nominate experts, who will participate in their personal capacities. Experts are expected to have proven expertise in the subject under discussion, and may be selected from the academic world, public and private sectors and NGOs.
With regard to financing the participation of developing countries´ 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, and the name of a contact person in the Geneva mission. The Secretary-General of UNCTAD will base his decisions 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.
States members of UNCTAD wishing to nominate experts to the Meeting are requested to do so by 24 May 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 at the Meeting should be sent to the UNCTAD secretariat, Intergovernmental Support Services, Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10, fax: +41 22 907 00 56, e-mail: correspondence@unctad. All other enquires should be addressed to the coordinator in the substantive division, tel: +41 22 907 5878.
Secretary-General of UNCTAD
12 May 2000