The Secretary-General of UNCTAD presents his compliments and has the honour to inform Governments and organizations concerned that the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development will hold its third Panel Meeting on "Enhancing Strategic Competitiveness in Information and Communication Technologies" in Luanda, Angola, from 15 to 17 January 2003.
The panel will focus on the transfer and diffusion of information and communication technologies (ICTs). It will also examine the extent to which ICTs are being used and diffused in developing countries and how they affect those countries´ ability to catch up, keep up and get ahead. The panel will draw on the experiences of those successful countries that have been able to build an indigenous human resources capacity in ICTs, enabling them to become internationally competitive in software development and high-technology exports. The exercise will involve identifying strategic policy options aimed at helping those countries that are at the bottom of the scale in technology development to catch up and those that are keeping up to become more competitive. More information about the Panel Meeting will be available at www.unctad.org/stdev.
UNCTAD will pay for the travel and per diem of participants who are members of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD). Non-CSTD members are welcome to participate on the understanding that the cost of their attendance will be borne by their authorities. A complete list of CSTD members is attached.
Interested parties may inform the UNCTAD secretariat, c/o Mr. Mongi Hamdi, Chief, Science and Technology Section, Investment Policies and Capacity-building Branch, Division on Investment, Technology and Enterprise Development, Office E-9086, Palais des Nations, CH - 1211 Geneva 10,
tel.: +41 (0)22 917 5069, fax: + 41(0)22 917 0122, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com before 6 December 2002.
18 November 2002
COMMISSION ON SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FOR DEVELOPMENT (CSTD)
Current list of Members
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