The third session of the Commission on Enterprise, Business Facilitation and Development will be held from 23 to 27 November 1998. The session will open at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, at 10 a.m. on Monday, 23 November 1998.
At its third session, the Commission will consider two substantive items and the reports of three expert meetings. The first substantive item deals with the implications of the post-Uruguay Round economic environment for enterprise development, including policy issues relevant to inter-firm cooperation and clustering. In order to expedite substantive discussions on this item, the secretariat has prepared an issues paper entitled "Policy issues relevant to inter-firm cooperation, networking and clustering" (TD/B/COM.3/19). The second substantive item deals with the impact and relevance of electronic commerce on trade growth and development. With regard to this item, the secretariat, in response to the requests made by the Commission at its second session, has prepared papers on:
- "Implications for trade and development of recent proposals to set up a global framework for electronic commerce" (TD/B/COM.3/17);
- "Policy issues relating to access to participation in electronic commerce" (TD/B/COM.3/16); and
- "Trade efficiency assessment methodology (TEAM): an update" (TD/B/COM.3/15).
Membership of the Commission is open to all States members of UNCTAD. States members 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 16 November 1998. 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 communications concerning representation should be sent to: UNCTAD secretariat, Intergovernmental Support Services, Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10, (tel: +41 (0)22 907 50 07; fax: +41 (0)22 907 00 56; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Secretary-General of UNCTAD
15 October 1998