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Multi-year expert meeting on investment for development (third session)
02 - 04 February 2011
Room XXVI, Palais des Nations

Key Issues

"Public investment and development"

At its forty-fourth executive session, the Trade and Development Board agreed that the Investment, Enterprise and Development Commission should convoke a Multi-Year Expert Meeting on Investment for Development. The fifty-fifth session of the Board approved the terms of reference for the third session as follows:

"The expert meeting will examine the partnership between public and private investment in areas of particular importance for development. It will, among other things, consider how policies at the national, regional and international level can enhance synergies from public-private partnerships. In this context, the meeting will offer an opportunity to explore different country experiences"
(TD/B/55/9, 1 October 2008)

The purpose of this meeting is to bring together experts, government policymakers and representatives from transnational corporations, as well as civil society and academia, to address the development implications of public investments in promoting pro-poor growth and sustainable development, boosting countries´ competitiveness, generating employments and reducing social and income disparities.

As investment levels are low in most developing countries, particularly in least developed countries (LDCs) caught in a poverty trap, there is a need to increase public investment not only to meet certain critical needs but also to trigger a rise in private (foreign and domestic) investment, which is lacking due to poor infrastructure, ineffective services delivery and insufficient availability of skilled labour.

In that context, the meeting will examine how policies at the national, regional and international level can boost public-private partnerships in key industries for the purpose of, among others, promoting infrastructure development, mitigating climate change and increasing agriculture production. Investment will be examined upon by ownership, mainly domestic and foreign, and for the former, a further breakdown is made between the private and public investment.

The expert meeting is expected, as part of the Multi-Year Expert Meeting on Investment for Development", to contribute to the achievement of a "practical/actionable" outcome (as identified in paragraph 207 of the Accra Accord), including through the last of the four sessions of this multi-year expert meeting that is charged with "pull[ing] together the findings of the three previous meetings".

Inputs from experts

Experts nominated by member States are encouraged to submit brief papers (up to five pages in length) as contributions to the work of the meeting. The papers should draw on experts’ relevant experience of the national public sector and of public–private partnerships, and should be submitted to the UNCTAD secretariat in advance of the meeting.

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

Experts are requested to submit papers by 25 January 2011.

Papers should be forwarded to:

Mr. Masataka Fujita
Head, Investment Trends and Issues Branch
Division on Investment and Enterprise
Palais des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 10

F.: +41 22 917 0122
E.: masataka.fujita@unctad.org



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The third session of the Multi-year Expert Meeting on Investment for Development will consider "Public investment and development". The meeting will take place from 2 to 4 February 2011 in room XXVI of the Palais des Nations, Geneva. It will start at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, 2 February.

This follows the first and second sessions on "The development dimension of international investment agreements" and "Foreign direct investment and domestic investment and development: enhancing productive capacities", which were held from 10 to 11 February 2009 and 3 to 5 February 2010, respectively.


UNCTAD member States are requested to nominate experts no later than 19 January 2011.

Experts, who will participate in the meeting in their personal capacities, are expected to have proven expertise in the subject, and they may be selected from governmental and non- governmental organizations, private entities or academia.

The meeting may be of particular interest to government officials dealing with issues related to public investment, foreign investment, industry policies and economic strategies. In addition, experts from international and regional organizations will be invited as resource persons.

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 19 January 2011.

Financial assistance

Depending on the availability of funding in the Trust Fund for Financing the Participation of Experts at the time, funds may be made available to finance the participation of a limited number of officially nominated experts from developing countries and countries with economies in transition. Governments requiring funding are therefore invited to explicitly request financing in their letters of nomination. The decision as to which experts should receive financing will be based on the principle of equitable geographical representation; needs of beneficiaries, in particular LDCs; and the expertise of the experts concerned. Changes in nominated experts will be considered as new nominations.

Nominations with requests for financing should be received no later than 4 January 2011 and should be accompanied by the following information about the nominee:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Mailing address
  • Telephone and fax number
  • E-mail address
  • Name of a contact person in the Permanent Mission in Geneva

It should be noted in this connection that, once the list of experts to be financed has been finalized, all travel arrangements will be made in accordance with United Nations rules and regulations, although use of the least costly fare will be authorized.

Background documents and contributed papers

The provisional agenda for the meeting, together with the secretariat´s annotations thereto, will be circulated as document TD/B/C.II/MEM.3/7. In order to facilitate the discussion, the UNCTAD secretariat has prepared an issues note, which will be circulated as TD/B/C.II/MEM.3/8.

In addition, all experts are encouraged to prepare and submit brief papers related to one or several of the issues contained in the provisional agenda to the meeting, as well as those relating to their country´s experience in infrastructure, agriculture and climate change.

These papers will be made available to the meeting 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 United Nations 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 entrance gates. Furthermore, luggage may not be brought into the buildings unless the United Nations 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 Support Service, Palais des Nations, CH- 1211 Geneva 10. Fax: + 41(0) 22 917 0214; e-mail: meetings@unctad.org.

All other enquiries should be addressed to the coordinators in the substantive division, tel.: +41 (0)22 917 1124 or +41 (0)22 917 5756; fax: +41 (0)22 917 0194; e-mail: masataka.fujita@unctad.org.


Supachai Panitchpakdi
Secretary-General of UNCTAD
3 December 2010


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