The Expert Meeting on Capacity Building in the Area of Electronic Commerce: Legal and Regulatory Dimensions will be held from 14 to 16 July 1999 at the Palais des Nations, Geneva. It will open at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, 14 July.
The Meeting is being convened on the basis of a decision taken by the Commission on Enterprise, Business Facilitation and Development at its third session. The provisional agenda, together with the annotations thereto and suggestions for the organization of work, will be circulated in document TD/B/COM.3/EM.8/1.
It is expected that discussions will focus on the potential impact on developing countries of the legal and regulatory proposals currently being discussed in international forums and the policies to be considered by developing countries and the international community to stimulate the participation of smaller players in global electronic commerce.
With regard to documentation, in order to facilitate the experts´ discussion, the UNCTAD secretariat will circulate documents entitled "Legal dimensions of electronic commerce" (TD/B/COM.3/EM.8/2) and "Electronic commerce: legal considerations" (UNCTAD/SDTE/BFB/1). Experts attending the Meeting may wish to prepare brief papers as inputs to the Meeting, and such papers will be made available to other participants in the form and language in which they are received.
Member States are requested to nominate experts, who will participate in the Meeting in their personal capacities. Experts are expected to have proven expertise in the subject, and may be selected from the academic world, public and private sectors and NGOs. The Meeting is of particular relevance to experts involved in legal aspects of electronic commerce, as well as practitioners of international trade, policy makers and lawyers.
With regard to financing the participation of developing countries´ experts in UNCTAD expert meetings in accordance with Trade and Development Board decision 456 (XLV), Governments of developing countries 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, phone number and fax number, and the name of a contact person in the Geneva mission. 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. 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 in order to cover as many experts as possible, use of the least costly travel fare will be authorized.
States members of UNCTAD wishing to nominate experts to the Meeting are requested to do so at an early date. Specialized agencies and intergovernmental bodies wishing to participate, 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 at an early date.
All communications concerning representation at the Meeting 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 the Secretary of the Meeting (tel: + 41 22 907 5637).
Secretary-General of UNCTAD
3 May 1999