The fifth session of the Commission on Enterprise, Business Facilitation and Development will be held from 22 to 26 January 2001. The session will open at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, at 10 a.m. on Monday, 22 January.
The substantive items for the provisional agenda for the fifth session were agreed at the consultations of the President of the Trade and Development Board with the Bureau, Coordinators and interested delegations on 31 March 2000, and the provisional agenda will be circulated as document TD/B/COM.3/33. At its fifth session, the Commission will consider three substantive items and the reports of expert meetings. The first substantive item deals with the relationships between SMEs and TNCs to ensure the competitiveness of SMEs. In order to expedite substantive discussions on this item, the secretariat has prepared two reports entitled: (i) "Enhancing the competitiveness of SMEs in the context of FDI in developing countries" (TD/B/COM.3/34); (ii) "Enhancing the Competitiveness of SMEs through linkages" (TD/B/COM.3/EM.11/2). The second substantive item deals with electronic commerce and tourism. With regard to this item, the secretariat has prepared a report entitled "Capacity-building in electronic commerce: Impact of the new economy on traditional sectors of developing countries: Electronic Commerce and Tourism" (TD/B/COM.3/35), as well as the report of the Expert Meeting on the subject (TD/B/COM.3/30-TD/B/COM.3/EM.9/3). The third substantive item deals with human resources development and training in trade supporting services: Key to growth with special potential for LDCs. The secretariat has prepared two reports from this item, entitled (i) "Report of the Expert Meeting on Human Resources Development and Training in Trade-Supporting Services: Key to development with special potential for LDCs" (TD/B/COM.3/32-TD/B/COM.3/EM.10/3); (ii) "Human resources development and training in trade-supporting services: Key to development with special potential for LDCs" (TD/B/COM.3/36).
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 15 January 2001. 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.
All inquiries should be addressed to the substantive officers concerned:
tel: +41 22 907 5802; fax: +41 22 907 0122; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
tel; +41 22 907 4124; fax: +41 22 907 0052; e-mail: email@example.com
(item 4) and
tel: +41 22 907 2035; fax: +41 22 907 0052; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (item 5).
All communications concerning representation 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: email@example.com).
Secretary-General of UNCTAD
26 December 2000