The fourth session of the Commission on Investment, Technology and Related Financial Issues will be held from 4 to 8 October 1999. The session will open at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, at 10 a.m. on Monday, 4 October 1999.
The provisional agenda for the fourth session (to be circulated as document TD/B/COM.2/18), was adopted at the third session of the Commission in September 1998. The main substantive agenda items are:
Item 3. "Trends in FDI and ways and means of enhancing FDI flows to and among developing countries, in particular LDCs and countries receiving relatively low FDI inflows, with a view to increasing the benefits they entail, and taking into account the factors which play a part in private sector firms´ choices of investment locations". Under this agenda item, the Commission will also discuss the policy implications of the findings and conclusions of two expert meetings, i.e. the Expert Meeting on International Investment Agreements and the Expert Meeting on Portfolio Investment Flows and FDI.
Item 4. "Investment policy and science, technology and innovation policy reviews: methodology and experiences".
Item 5. "Report of the subsidiary bodies of the Commission". The Commission will examine the reports of the Intergovernmental Working Group of Experts on International Standards of Accounting and Reporting and the Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Competition Law and Policy.
Item 6. "Progress report on the implementation of agreed conclusions and recommendations of the Commission".
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 24 September 1999, bearing in mind that the work of the Commission is such as to attract the attendance of relevant senior public sector officials concerned with international investment and technology matters, 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 should be sent to the UNCTAD secretariat, Intergovernmental Support Services, Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10. (tel.: +41 22 907 5007; fax: +41 22 907 0056; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
All other enquiries should be addressed to Mr. James Zhan, Secretary of the Commission (tel.: +41 22 907 5797).
Secretary-General of UNCTAD
8 July 1999