The sixth session of the Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Competition Law and Policy is scheduled to be held from 8 to 10 November 2004. The session will open at the Palais de Nations, Geneva, at 10 a.m. on Monday, 8 November 2004.
The provisional agenda, together with the secretariat´s annotations thereto, is being circulated as document TD/B/COM.2/CLP/40 and will also be available on UNCTAD´s Competition Policy Website at
In line with the agreed conclusions adopted at the fifth session of the Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Competition Law and Policy, held from
2 to 4 July 2003 (TD/B/COM.2/52 - TD/B/COM.2/CLP/39), the consultations at the sixth session of the Intergovernmental Group of Experts will focus on the following topics:
- The strengths and weaknesses of peer review related to competition policy;
- Cooperation and dispute mediation mechanisms in regional integration agreements related to competition law and policy;
- Evidence gathering and cooperation issues in hard-core cartel investigations;
- Advocacy in promoting awareness of competition policy in developing countries.
In addition, the Group will consider studies and a note on:
- Ways in which possible international agreements might apply to developing countries, including through preferential and differential treatment;
- Best practices in recent cases which involve joint action of competition
- Recent important competition cases
It will also give guidance to the secretariat on its technical assistance and capacity-building activities. Moreover, it will act as the preparatory meeting for the Fifth UN Conference to Review all Aspects of the Set, scheduled to take place in 2005. In this connection, it will review a note on a preliminary assessment of the application of the Set, prepared by the secretariat.
States members of UNCTAD wishing to propose additional topics for consultations are requested to inform the secretariat as soon as possible to enable all participants to prepare themselves for such consultations.
States members of UNCTAD wishing to nominate experts to the session are requested to do so by 15 October 2004. Specialized agencies and intergovernmental bodies, should they wish to participate in the session, are requested to inform the UNCTAD secretariat by 15 October 2004 of the names of their representatives.
Non-governmental organizations in the General Category having an interest in the work of the Intergovernmental Group of Experts which wish to participate as observers are requested to inform the UNCTAD secretariat by the same date of the names of their representatives.
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). Because of the security measures in force, participants are strongly advised to arrive before 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 requested to carry a passport or similar national identity card with them. Taxis are not allowed to enter the grounds of the Palais des Nations, and visitors will therefore be dropped off at the requested entrance gates. Furthermore, luggage may not be brought into the buildings unless the Security Service gives special clearance.
Communications concerning representation should be sent to the UNCTAD secretariat,
Intergovernmental Support Service, Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10;
fax: + 41(0)22 917 0056;
Substantive and other inquiries should be addressed to Competition and Consumer Policies Branch; fax: + 41(0) 22 9170247; e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Officer-in-Charge of UNCTAD
17 September 2004