The Expert Meeting on the Relationships between SMEs and TNCs to Ensure the Competitiveness of SMEs will be held from 27 to 29 November 2000. The Meeting will open at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, at 10 a.m. on Monday, 27 November 2000.
The mandate for this Expert Meeting emanates from the Bangkok Plan of Action. UNCTAD X mandated UNCTAD, inter alia, to "collect and analyse data on best national practices stimulating enterprise development and ... analyse the links between SMEs and TNCs" (TD/386, para. 119).
The provisional agenda for the Meeting, together with the secretariat´s annotations thereto, is being circulated as document TD/B/COM.3/EM.11/1. The UNCTAD secretariat is preparing, as official documentation for the Meeting, an issues paper entitled "Enhancing the competitiveness of SMEs through linkages with TNCs" (TD/B/COM.3/EM.11/2). In addition, experts are encouraged to prepare brief papers on the subject under discussion. These papers will be made available at the Meeting in the form and language in which they are received.
Member States are requested to nominate experts, who will participate in their personal capacities. Experts are expected to have proven expertise in the subject under discussion, and may be selected from the academic world, public and private sectors and NGOs.
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.
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.till 5 p.m. (non-stop). It is advisable to arrive by 9 a.m. to complete procedures and reach the meeting in good time. Walking from Villa Les Feuillantines to the E-Building of the Palais (Bâtiment E) takes about 10 minutes. Participants are advised to carry a passport or similar identification document on them.
States members of UNCTAD wishing to nominate experts to the Meeting are requested to do so by 17 October 2000. Specialized agencies and intergovernmental bodies wishing to participate in the session, 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 by the same date.
All communications concerning representation at the Meeting should be sent to: UNCTAD secretariat, Intergovernmental Support Services, Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland. (Tel: +41 22 907 5007; Fax: +41 22 907 0056; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
All other enquiries should be addressed to: the coordinator in the substantive division, Tel: +41 22 907 5901/5559.
Secretary-General of UNCTAD
8 September 2000