The Ad Hoc Expert Meeting on Advocacy in Investment Policies, convened in accordance with the decision taken by the Commission on Investment, Technology and Related Financial issues at its tenth session, will be held from 23 to 24 November 2006 (two full days).
The Meeting will open at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, at 10 a.m. on Thursday, 23 November 2004.
Background and purpose of the Meeting
The Meeting will discuss the issue of policy advocacy on investment issues and will look into efforts that countries are making, through investment promotion agencies, to influence policy change to effectively improve the country investment environment and attract increased levels of FDI in consonance with national economic development goals. The Meeting will identify principles, tools and instruments, and best practices to effectively advocate policy change based on national examples, the experiences gained through UNCTAD programmes and those of other organizations, and the inputs of Meeting participants.
Experts are expected to include officials from government offices responsible for formulation of investment policies and investment promotion, representatives of investment promotion agencies, the business community and civil society. Representatives from other public or private institutions, the academic world and NGOs, with proven expertise in the subject, will also be invited to participate. Experts are nominated by their national Governments but will participate in the Meeting in their personal capacities. Nominations should be submitted to the UNCTAD secretariat no later than 3 November 2006.
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.
Background documents and contributed papers
The provisional agenda for the meeting, together with the secretariat´s annotations, is being circulated as document TD/B/COM.2/AHM.1/1. The UNCTAD secretariat is preparing, as official documentation for the meeting, a background paper drawing on the experiences gained by the secretariat through its programme on Policy Advocacy in Investment Promotion, as well as selected experiences of other programmes and organizations. The paper (TD/B/COM.2/AHM.1/2) is aimed at facilitating the discussions.
Experts are encouraged to submit written contributions on experiences with policy advocacy in investment promotion at the national, subnational, or supranational level. These papers will be made available to other participants in the form and language in which they are received.
The Meeting will take place at the United Nations Office at Geneva, Palais des Nations. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in the six official languages of the United Nations.
Upon arrival, participants are requested, before entering the Palais des Nations, to collect their badges at the UN Security Service, Pregny Gate entrance, 14 Avenue de la Paix. The Security Service is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Because of the security measures in force, participants are strongly advised to arrive before 9 a.m. in order to complete entry procedures in good time and proceed to the meeting in the E-Building (Bâtiment E) of the Palais. 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 UN Security Service gives special clearance.
Further Information and contact details
Nominations and related communications concerning representation at the Meeting should be sent to the UNCTAD secretariat, Intergovernmental Affairs and Outreach Service, Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10; fax: +41 (0)22 917 024; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Substantive and other enquiries should be addressed to Mrs. Nazha Benabbes Taarji-Aschenbrenner, Coordinator of the Meeting in the Substantive Division (Division on Investment, Technology and Enterprise Development), office E-10041, Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10; tel: +41 (0)22 917 57 81 or 917 63 25, fax: +41(0)22 917 01 97, e-mail: nazha.benabbes.taarjinctad.org.
Secretary-General of UNCTAD
12 September 2006