The Expert Meeting on New and Dynamic Sectors of World Trade will be held from
7 to 9 February 2005 at the Palais des Nations, Geneva. It will be opened at 10 a.m. on Monday, 7 February 2005.
Background and purpose of the Meeting
One of the main themes of the eleventh session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) was "Assuring development gains from international trade and trade negotiations". An important way to realize such gains, and thereby to use trade as a genuine engine of growth and development, is to promote increased and beneficial participation of developing countries in dynamic and new sectors of world trade. A number of developing countries have succeeded in entering these sectors in recent years, and a few have even been able to deepen their participation. Their experience indicates that these sectors can provide opportunities for developing countries, including least developed countries and other commodity-dependent economies, to accelerate growth, increase domestic value added of exports, increase productivity and competitiveness, and enhance employment and quality of jobs, thereby contributing to the achievement of the objectives and goals of the United Nations Millennium Declaration.
The meeting will facilitate discussions on sectors such as outsourcing of IT-enabled services, textiles and clothing, and renewable energy products, including bio-fuel. It also aims to guide the experts in addressing a number of key questions, such as: What kind of opportunities do the dynamic and new sectors offer to developing countries in ensuring development gains from international trade? What are the key determinants of their participation in these sectors? What are the national and international policy imperatives to promote their increased and beneficial participation in these sectors? How should such policies respond in respect of issues such as supply capacity, productivity, technological endowment and competitiveness; domestic and foreign investment; market access and entry; changing demand and preferences; and regional division of labour? What role do international trading and financial systems, including trade negotiations, as well as global market structures and development cooperation have in ensuring the success of such policies?
States members of UNCTAD are requested to nominate experts at an early date and not later than 7 January 2005. Experts, who will participate in the Meeting in their personal capacities, are expected to have proven expertise in the subject and may be selected from government, academia, the private sector, and NGOs. In addition, experts from international and regional organizations dealing with issues related to the topic will be invited.
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 7 January 2005.
Funds will 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, as well as the type and availability of funding in the Trust Fund for Financing the Participation of Experts at the time. Changes in nominated experts will be considered as new nominations. Please note that currently the trust fund only contains resources earmarked to finance the participation of experts from LDCs. Should other funding become available, the secretariat will inform member States accordingly.
Nominations with requests for financing should be received no later than 20 December 2004, and should be accompanied by the following information about the nominee:
- Curriculum vitae;
- Mailing address;
- Telephone and fax number;
- E-mail address; and 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, is being circulated as document TD/B/COM.1/EM.26/1. In order to facilitate the discussion, the UNCTAD secretariat is preparing an issues note entitled "Strengthening participation of developing countries in dynamic and new sectors of world trade: Trends, issues and policies" (TD/B/COM.1/EM.26/2). The documents will be available on the UNCTAD website www.unctad.org under the heading
In addition, experts are encouraged to submit notes related to their country´s experience on the subject under discussion. 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 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.
Further information and contact details
Links to information and details can be accessed at www.unctad.org.
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 0056; e-mail: email@example.com.
All other enquiries should be addressed to the coordinator in the substantive division, tel.: +41 (0)22 917 4479, fax: + 41 (0)22 917 00 44, e-mail: Khalilur.Rahman@unctad.org or
Officer-in-Charge of UNCTAD
8 December 2004