21 octubre 2012UNCTAD supports WAEMU member States’ reform of regional competition framework
As part of a project on reforming the regional competition framework, the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) Commission and UNCTAD’s Competition and Consumer Policies Branch have recently jointly supported national consultation seminars, in Burkina Faso on 5 October and in Senegal on 9 October.
21 octubre 2012Assistance to Myanmar: inter-agency coordination ongoing
UNCTAD has held a meeting of the United Nations Inter-Agency Cluster on Trade and Productive Capacity with the Permanent Mission of Myanmar in Geneva. Participating in the meeting were representatives of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, the International Trade Centre, the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law and the United Nations Office for Project Services.
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.