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Expert Meeting on Electronic Commerce Strategies for Development: The Basic Elements of an Enabling Environment for E-commerce
10 - 12 July 2002

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The Expert Meeting on Electronic Commerce Strategies for Development: The Basic Elements of an Enabling Environment for E-commerce will be held from 10 to 12 July 2002 at the Palais des Nations, Geneva. It will be opened at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, 10 July 2002. Documents concerning this Expert Meeting and other UNCTAD meetings can be found on the UNCTAD website (www.unctad.org).

The Expert Meeting will analyze national experiences of both developed and developing countries and identify key elements of participatory, comprehensive national e-commerce strategies and their impact/implications in developing countries. The Meeting will contribute towards a process of consensus building concerning the integration of e-commerce into development strategies. The experts will also look at ways and means to implement e-commerce strategies in developing countries.

The provisional agenda for the Meeting, together with the secretariat’s annotations thereto, is being circulated as document TD/B/COM.3/EM.15/1. The UNCTAD secretariat is preparing, as official documentation for the Meeting, an issues note entitled “Electronic Commerce Strategies for Development: The Basic Elements of an Enabling Environment for E-commerce" (TD/B/COM.3/EM.15/2), aimed at facilitating the discussions. In addition, experts are encouraged to submit contributions on experiences with national e-commerce strategies, specifically in the following policy areas: (i) the linkages between e-commerce strategies and other aspects of development strategies; (ii) legal and regulatory aspects of e-commerce; (iii) infrastructure, access and telecommunications; (iv) awareness creation, education and training; and/or (v) approaches to the design and implementation of national e-commerce strategies. These papers will be made available to other participants in the form and language in which they are received.

Member States of UNCTAD are requested to nominate experts at an early date and not later than 10 June 2002. Experts, who will participate in the Meeting in their personal capacities, are expected to have proven expertise in the subject, and may be selected from Governments, the academic world, the public and private sectors, and NGOs. Experts may include representatives from Governments’ authorities responsible for designing and/or implementing national e-commerce strategies. In addition, experts from other international and regional organizations dealing with e-commerce matters will be invited.

With regard to financing the participation of experts in UNCTAD expert meetings, Governments of developing countries and countries with economies in transition 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, telephone number and fax number, and the name of a contact person in the Permanent Mission in Geneva. 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. It should be noted in this connection that the funds available will make it possible to finance the participation of 10 experts from developing countries and countries in transition. 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 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. to 5 p.m. (non-stop). Due to the existing security measures in force, participants are strongly advised to arrive by 8.30 a.m. in order to complete procedures and reach the Meeting 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 national identity card with them.

Specialized agencies and intergovernmental bodies wishing to participate in the Meeting, 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 10 June 2002.

All communications concerning representation at the Meeting should be sent to the UNCTAD secretariat, Intergovernmental Support Service, Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10 (fax: +41(0)22 917 0056; e-mail: correspondence@unctad.org).

All other enquiries should be addressed to the coordinator in the substantive division, Ms. Susan Teltscher (tel: +41(0)22 917 5509; fax: +41(0)22 917 0044; e-mail: susan.teltscher@unctad.org).

Rubens Ricupero
Secretary-General of UNCTAD
6 May 2002


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