The third session of the Commission on Investment, Technology and Related Financial Issues will be held from 14 to 18 September 1998. The session will open at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, at 10 a.m. on Monday, 14 September 1998.
As mandated by UNCTAD IX, the Commission will deal with the areas identified in paragraphs 89 (a)-(g); 91 (iii); 89 (k)-(m); and 87(i) of "A Partnership for Growth and Development" (TD/378/Rev.1). The Commission will perform integrated policy work in its areas of competence. It has specific mandates and greater delegation of decision-making on matters of substance. It meets once a year unless otherwise decided by the Board.
The provisional agenda for the third session (to be circulated as document TD/B/COM.2/14), was adopted at the final plenary meeting of the second session on 3 October 1997. The main substantive agenda items relate to recent developments in foreign direct investment trends and policies (item 3) and examining and reviewing existing agreements on investment to identify their implications for development, as called for in paragraph 89 (b) of "A Partnership for Growth and Development" (item 4). Under the above agenda items, the Commission will also discuss the policy implications of the findings and conclusions of two expert meetings, i.e. the Expert Meeting on the Growth of Domestic Capital Markets, Particularly in Developing Countries, and its Relationship with Foreign Portfolio Investment, and the Expert Meeting on Existing Regional and Multilateral Investment Agreements and their Development Dimensions. Under agenda item 5, the Commission will review the reports of its subsidiary bodies, i.e. the Intergovernmental Working Group of Experts on International Standards of Accounting and Reporting and the Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Competition Law and Policy.
Membership of the Commission is open to all States members of UNCTAD. States not wishing to become members of the Commission are entitled to be represented by observers. States members of the Commission are requested to provide the Secretary-General of UNCTAD with the credentials of their representatives and the names of their alternate representatives and advisers by 7 September 1998, bearing in mind that the work of the Commission is oriented to attract the attendance of relevant senior public sector officials concerned with international investment matters, including officials from investment promotion agencies, as well as private sector representatives. Other participants (i.e. States wishing to attend the session as observers, the specialized agencies and intergovernmental bodies, as well as non-governmental organizations in the General and Special Categories wishing to participate as observers) are requested to indicate the names of their representatives by the same date.
All communications concerning representation shoul be sent to: UNCTAD secretariat, Intergovernmental Support Services, Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10. (tel: +41 (0)22 907 50 07; fax: +41 (0)22 907 00 56, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
All other inquires should be addressed to: Secretary of the Meeting, Intergovernmental Support Services, (tel: +41 22 907 57 97, fax: +41 22 907 00 55; e-mail: email@example.com).
Secretary-General of UNCTAD
6 August 1998