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Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Competition Law and Policy
17 - 19 July 2007

Key Issues

The Intergovernmental Group of Experts (IGE) on Competition Law and Policy is a standing body established under the United Nations Set of Multilaterally Agreed Equitable Principles and Rules for the Control of Restrictive Business Practices (UN Set) to monitor the application and implementation of the Set.

The UN Set is a multilateral agreement on competition policy, which was negotiated and adopted by General Assembly resolution 35/63 on 5 December 1980. The Set:

  • Provides for equitable rules for the control of anti-competitive practices

  • Recognizes the development dimension of competition law and policy

  • Provides a framework for international operation and exchange of best practices


The eighth session of the IGE on Competition Law and Policy will focus on the following issues:

  • Competition in the energy sector at the national and international levels

  • Competition policy and the exercise of intellectual property rights

  • Criteria for evaluating the effectiveness of competition authorities

  • Voluntary peer review of competition law and policy of the West African Monetary Union

  • Review of capacity-building activities and technical assistance

The session will also provide an opportunity for delegates to discuss the preparations for UNCTAD XII.


Information for participants

Nominations and related communications concerning representation at the eighth session of the IGE on Competition Law and Policy should be sent to the UNCTAD secretariat, Intergovernmental Affairs and Outreach Service, Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10 (fax: + 41 (0)22 917 0214; e-mail: correspondence@unctad.org).

Participants at the meeting need to collect their badge at the United Nations Security Service, Pregny Gate (opposite the Red Cross Building) before the meeting.

The Security Service is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Participants are strongly advised to arrive before 8.30 a.m. Participants are requested to carry a passport or a national identity card with them.

Substantive and other inquiries should be addressed to the Competition and Consumer Policies Branch (fax: + 41(0) 22 9170247; e-mail: competition@unctad.org).


Agenda

Documents

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(TD/B/COM.2/CLP/60) - 26/04/2007 - 18 Pages - 174 KB
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(TD/B/COM.2/CLP/55) - 02/03/2007 - 68 Pages - 310 KB
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(TD/B/COM.2/CLP/INF.7) - 08/08/2007 - 16 Pages - 123 KB
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(TD/B/COM.2/CLP/58) - 03/05/2007 - 4 Pages - 52 KB
Français | Español | Русский | عربي | 中文
(TD/B/COM.2/CLP/L.13) - 24/07/2007 - 1 Pages - 27 KB
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(TD/B/COM.2/CLP/56) - 08/02/2007 - 40 Pages - 78 KB
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Notification

The eighth session of the Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Competition Law and Policy is scheduled to be held from Tuesday, 17 July, to Thursday, 19 July 2007. The session will open in Room XII on the 3rd floor of the Palais de Nations, Geneva, at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, 17 July.

Background documents and agenda

The provisional agenda, together with the Secretariat´s annotations thereto, is being circulated as document TD/B/COM.2/CLP/58.

In line with the resolution adopted at the seventh session of the Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Competition Law and Policy, held from 31 October to 2 November 2006 (TD/B/COM.2/CLP/57), the consultations at the eighth session of the Intergovernmental Group of Experts will focus on the following topics:

  1. Competition at national and international levels: energy

  2. Competition policy and the exercise of intellectual property rights

  3. Criteria for evaluating the effectiveness of competition authorities

The session of the Intergovernmental Group of Experts will also be the occasion to conduct a voluntary peer review of the West African Monetary Union (UEMOA) Common Competition Rules, with a focus on Benin and Senegal. The Intergovernmental Group of Experts will also give guidance to the secretariat on its technical assistance and capacity-building activities for 2007/2008.

Written contributions

In order to facilitate the deliberations and the informal exchange of experiences and best practices on the topics to be discussed, member States and observers are requested to submit written contributions to the UNCTAD secretariat as soon as possible in order to enable all participants to read them in advance of the meeting and prepare themselves for the consultations.

States members of UNCTAD wishing to propose additional topics for consultations are requested to inform the UNCTAD secretariat as soon as possible in order to enable all participants to prepare themselves for such consultations.

Participation

States members of UNCTAD wishing to nominate experts to the session are requested to do so by 4 June 2007.

Specialized agencies and intergovernmental bodies, should they wish to participate in the session, are requested to inform the UNCTAD secretariat by 4 June 2007 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.

Logistics

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. (non-stop). 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 Security Service gives special clearance.

Further information and contact details

Communications concerning representation should be sent to the UNCTAD secretariat, Intergovernmental Affairs and Outreach Service, Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10; fax: + 41(0)22 917 0214; e-mail: correspondence@unctad.org.

Substantive and other inquiries should be addressed to the Competition and Consumer Policies Branch; fax: + 41(0) 22 917 0247; e-mail: competition@unctad.org.

(signed)

Supachai Panitchpakdi
Secretary-General of UNCTAD

22 March 2007


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