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Ad Hoc Expert Meeting on the Contribution of Migrants to Development: Trade, Investment and Developmental Links
29 July 2009
10:00-18:00 hrs., Room XII, Palais des Nations

Key Issues

The twelfth session of UNCTAD held in Accra, Ghana in April 2008 mandated the secretariat, in relation to the contribution of migrants to development, to:

  1. conduct research and analysis on the potential benefits and opportunities of trade, investment and developmental links between migrants´ countries of origin and their communities abroad; and

  2. analyse the potential of migrants´ remittances to contribute to development, maximize benefits derived and minimize costs through policies such as expanding migrants´ access to financial services.

This subject will be discussed in the context of the impact of the financial crisis.

The meeting will be convened pursuant to the above mandate and in consultation with member States.

Discussions will include:

  • Migration trends

  • The impact of the economic crisis on migration

  • Trade, investment and development linkages of migration

  • Policy frameworks to enhance migrants´ contributions to development

Inputs from experts

Experts are encouraged to submit brief papers (approximately five pages) related to "The Contribution of Migrants to Development: Trade, Investment and Development Links" in their countries.

The papers should be submitted to the UNCTAD secretariat in advance of the meeting to: mina.mashayekhi@unctad.org, with copy to: deepali.fernandes@unctad.org.-

These papers will be made available at the meeting in the form and language in which they are received.

 

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Notification

The Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) is convening an Ad Hoc Expert Meeting on the Contribution of Migrants to Development: Trade, Investment and Developmental Links.

Logistics

The meeting will take place at the United Nations Office at Geneva, Palais des Nations. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in all languages. Upon arrival and before entering the Palais des Nations, participants are requested to collect their badge at the United Nations Security Service at Pregny Gate. 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 the procedures and reach the meeting in good time. Participants are requested to bring 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 gate. Furthermore, luggage may not be brought into the buildings unless the Security Service gives special clearance.

Participation

The meeting is open to all member States of UNCTAD. The meeting may be of particular interest to government officials, non-governmental organizations and civil society groups, and representatives of the private sector involved with issues related to migration and development.

In addition, experts from international and regional organizations dealing with migration- and development-related issues will also be invited.

Member states, 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 by 15 July 2009.

Documents and contributed papers

All experts are encouraged to prepare and submit brief papers related to "The Contribution of Migrants to Development: Trade, Investment and Development Links" in their countries. These papers will be made available at the meeting in the form and language in which they are received.

Further information and contact details

Nominations and related communications concerning representation at the meeting should be sent to the UNCTAD secretariat, Intergovernmental Support Service, Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10; fax: 41 22 917 0214; e-mail: meetings@unctad.org.

Enquiries concerning substantive issues should be addressed to Ms. Mina Mashayekhi, Head, Trade Negotiations and Commercial Diplomacy Branch, tel: 41 22 917 5866; e-mail: mina.mashayekhi@unctad.org; or Ms. Deepali Fernandes, tel: 41 22 917 5652; fax: 41 22 917 0044; e-mail: deepali.fernandes@unctad.org.

(signed)

Supachai Panitchpakdi
Secretary-General of UNCTAD
25 June 2009


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