The sixth session of the Commission on Enterprise, Business Facilitation and Development will be held from 18 to 21 February 2002. The session will open at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, at 10 a.m. on Monday, 18 February. Documents concerning this session of the Commission and other UNCTAD meetings can be found on the UNCTAD website (www.unctad.org).
The provisional agenda for the sixth session of the Commission will be circulated as document TD/B/COM.3/41. At its sixth session, the Commission will consider three substantive items and the reports of related expert meetings. The first substantive item (item 3) deals with enhancing the competitiveness of developing countries through the use of electronic commerce in international transport services. The second substantive item (item 4) deals with improving the competitiveness of SMEs in developing countries: the role of finance, including e-finance, to enhance enterprise development. The third substantive item (item 5) deals with mainstreaming gender in order to promote opportunities.
Membership of the Commission is open to all States members of UNCTAD. States members of UNCTAD wishing to attend the session 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 30 January 2002. States which are not members of the Commission are entitled to be represented by observers. Other participants (i.e. 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.
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. to complete procedures and reach the session 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.
Communications concerning representation should be sent to the UNCTAD secretariat, Intergovernmental Support Service, Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10 (fax: + 4122 917 0056; e-mail: email@example.com).
All enquiries should be addressed to the substantive officers concerned:
item 3 (tel: +4122 917 2038; fax: +4122 917 0050; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org);
item 4 (tel: +4122 917 5838; fax: +4122 917 0050; e-mail: email@example.com); and/or (tel: +4122 917 5695; fax: +4122 917 0122; e-mail:
item 5 (tel: +4122 917 5690; fax: +4122 907 0055; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Secretary-General of UNCTAD
20 December 2001