Expert Meeting on the Development Dimension of FDI: Policies to Enhance the Role of FDI in Support of the Competitiveness of the Enterprise Sector and the Economic Performance of the Host Economies, taking into account the Trade/Investment Interface, in t
06 - 08 November 2002

Key Issues



The Expert Meeting on the Development Dimension of FDI: Policies to Enhance the Role of FDI in Support of the Competitiveness of the Enterprise Sector and the Economic Performance of Host Economies, Taking into Account the Trade/Investment Interface, in the National and International Context will be held from 6 to 8 November 2002 at the Palais des Nations, Geneva. It will be opened at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, 6 November 2002.

The Expert Meeting is expected to shed light on the meaning of the development dimension of foreign direct investment (FDI) when analysing the implications of international cooperation in the area of FDI for the development policies and objectives of developing countries. The terms of reference of the Expert Meeting as agreed at the sixth session of the Commission on Investment, Technology and Related Financial Issues identify four specific topics that are of preponderant importance for the development dimension of FDI: (a) host country policies to encourage a synergy between FDI and domestic enterprises, so as to support the competitiveness of the latter, in the national and international context; (b) the right of host Governments to regulate in the public interest; (c) safeguards to be introduced to ensure that domestic enterprises are not adversely affected; and (d) home country measures that contribute to encouraging the synergy between FDI and domestic enterprises.

The provisional agenda for the meeting, together with the secretariat’s annotations thereto, is circulated as document TD/B/COM.2/EM.12/1. The UNCTAD secretariat is preparing, as official documentation for the meeting, an issues note entitled “The development dimension of FDI: policies to enhance the role of FDI in support of the competitiveness of the enterprise sector and the economic performance of host economies, taking into account the trade/investment interface, in the national and international context” (TD/B/COM.2/EM.12/2), aimed at facilitating the discussion. Efforts will be made to circulate papers by selected lead speakers and discussants prior to the meeting. Experts are encouraged to submit specific contributions on any of the issues to be addressed by the Expert Meeting. Papers will be made available to other participants 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 7 October 2002. 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 non-governmental organizations.

With regard to financing the participation of experts in UNCTAD expert meetings, Governments of developing countries and countries with economies in transition 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, telephone number and fax number, and the name of a contact person in the Permanent Mission in Geneva. 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. It should be noted in this connection that the funds available will make it possible to finance the participation of 10 experts from developing countries and countries in transition. 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 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 a.m. to 5 p.m. (non-stop). It is advisable to arrive by 9 a.m. in order to complete procedures and be at the meeting in good time. Walking from Villa Les Feuillantines to the E‑Building (Bâtiment 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 meeting, 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 21 October 2002.

All communications concerning representation at the meeting should be sent to the UNCTAD secretariat, Intergovernmental Support Service, Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10 (tel.: +41 (0)22 907 5007; fax: +41 (0)22 907 0056; e-mail:

All other inquiries should be addressed to Mrs. Anh-Nga Tran-Nguyen, Head, Investment Issues Analysis Branch, Division on Investment, Technology and Enterprise Development, UNCTAD (tel.: +41 (0)22 907 1115; fax: +41 (0)22 907 0194; e-mail:

Rubens Ricupero
Secretary-General of UNCTAD
2 September 2002


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