17 octubre 2012Meeting of the Global Management Board of the SECO-sponsored UN Trade Cluster initiative
The Global Management Board of the UN Trade Cluster initiative, which is sponsored by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), met on 15 October 2012 to review its current operations, and to endorse its annual work plan for the Lao People's Democratic Republic, to discuss the next steps to be taken towards a new project to be launched in the United Republic of Tanzania, and to consider possible future projects in further countries.
16 octubre 2012New Executive Director of International Trade Centre being recruited
The post of Executive Director of the International Trade Centre (ITC) will become vacant in June 2013 upon the completion of the term of the incumbent. Based on a joint recommendation by the Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the new Executive Director will be appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations.
14 octubre 2012Assisting States in drafting better investment agreements
A new UNCTAD publication, the sequel to the 1999 Pink Series paper on expropriation, analyses expropriation provisions in international investment agreements (IIAs) and their interpretation by arbitral tribunals. Moving beyond a merely descriptive role, the paper offers policy options to assist States in drafting IIA clauses that help to promote sustainable development.
11 octubre 2012UNCTAD outlines policy options for boosting enterprise and stimulating competitiveness in OIC member States
The Director of UNCTAD’s Division on Investment and Enterprise, Mr. James Zhan, has been in Istanbul this week to present the Division's recent Entrepreneurship Policy Framework (EPF) to a ministerial session of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). Mr. Zhan was invited to speak about small and medium-sized enterprise development and policy options to increase the competitiveness of SMEs, particularly in OIC member States.
09 octubre 2012UNCTAD trains Palestinian Authority staff on UN system in Geneva
Two staff members from the Palestinian Authority's Ministry of the National Economy have completed an UNCTAD training programme designed to familiarize them with the activities of UNCTAD and the work of other United Nations agencies in Geneva.