The fourth session of the Commission on Enterprise, Business Facilitation and Development will be held from 19 to 23 July 1999. The session will open at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, at 10 a.m. on Monday, 19 July.
The provisional agenda for the fourth session, which was approved at the final plenary meeting of the third session of the Commission on 27 November 1998, will be circulated as document TD/B/COM.3/21.
At its fourth session, the Commission will consider two substantive items and the reports of two expert meetings. The first substantive item deals with policies and non-fiscal measures for upgrading SME clusters, promoting investment in SMEs and developing their external linkages. In order to expedite substantive discussions on this item, the secretariat has prepared an issues paper entitled "Policies and non-fiscal measures for upgrading SME clusters - an assessment" (TD/B/COM.3/22). The second substantive item deals with electronic commerce and the integration of developing countries and countries with economies in transition in international trade. With regard to this item, the secretariat, in response to the request made by the Commission at its third session, has prepared a paper entitled "Can electronic commerce be an engine for global growth ? Electronic commerce and the integration of developing countries and countries with economies in transition in international trade" (TD/B/COM.3/23).
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 5 July 1999. 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 enquiries should be addressed to the substantive officers concerned (tel: +41 22 907 5802 (item 3) and +4122 9074641 (item 4). 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: firstname.lastname@example.org).
(Signed Carlos Fortin)
pp Rubens Ricupero
Secretary-General of UNCTAD
31 May 1999