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Competing in a changing Europe: Opportunities and Challenges for Trade and Enterprise Development

11 - 12 May 2004

Palais des Nations, Room XIX, Geneva

  10:00 - 11:30 Session 1
Beyond Enlargement: Impact on Competitiveness
  Chair: Mr. Alan Bryden, Secretary-General, International Organization for Standardization (ISO)  
  Rapporteur: Ms. Ayse Ötem, Foreign Trade Expert, Prime Ministry of Turkey and Vice-Chairperson, Committee for Trade, Industry and Enterprise Developement  
  Keynote Addresses on Promoting trade and enterprise in a changing European Economy  
    Ms. Brigita Schmögnerová, Executive Secretary, UNECE  
    H.E. Mr. Carlo Trojan, Ambassador, Head of the Permanent Delegation of the European Commission to the International Organizations at Geneva and Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization (WTO)  
    Mr. Leonardo Baroncelli, Deputy Director General, Central European Initiative Executive Secretariat
(CEI-ES), Italy
    Mr. Ben Slay, Director, Executive Office, Bratislava Regional Support Centre, Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwelath of Independent States (RBEC), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)  
    Enlargement: What changes for business in Europe?  
    Mr. Antoni Turczynowicz, EU Accession Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Prague, Czech Republic  
  11:30 - 13:00 High-level Panel Discussion on Competing in a Changing Europe  
  Chair: Mr. Alexander Safrik-Pstrosz, President, Office for Standards, Metrology and Testing, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Czech Republic and Chairperson, Committee for Trade, Industry and Enterprise Development

Dr. Carol Cosgrove-Sacks, Director, Trade Development and Timber Division, UNECE
    H.E. Mr. Carlo Tojan  
    H.E. Mr. Doru Romulus Costea, Ambassador, Head of the Permanent Mission of Romania to the United Nations Office at Geneva and other Specialized Agencies in Switzerland  
    Mr. Leonardo Baroncelli  
    Mr. Ben Slay  
    Mr. Antoni Turczynowicz  
  13:00 - 15:00 Lunch break  
  15:00 - 16:30 Session 2
Strategies for Trade and Business in a Changing Europe
  Chair: Mr. Claude Potelle, Chairman, Corporate Resources International Inc., Belgium  
  Rapporteur: Mr. Tolondu Toichubaev, Chairman, Corporate Technologies Center, Kyrgyzstan and Vice-Chairperson, Committee for Trade, Industry and Enterprise Development  
    The envolving European trade environment:   
    Mr. Petur G. Thorsteinsson, Deputy Secretary-General, European Free Trade Area (EFTA)  
    Mr. Oleh Napov, Head of the Division on Trade Policy and Co-operation with International Economic Organizations, Economic Co-operation Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ukraine  
    Integrating a changind Europe into global business strategies  
    Mr. Paul Junck, Secretary-General, Arcelor, Luxembourg  
    Mr. Mohamed Ashmawy, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of the Commercial International Bank, Egypt  
    Prof. Paolo Garonna, Director of Research, Confindustria, Italy and former Deputy Executive Secretary, UNECE  
    Mr. Ouseph Padickakudi, Industrial Development Officer, Industrial Promotion and Technology Branch, UNIDO  
  16:30 - 18:00 Discussion  
    This session will require your active participation and will be an occasion to put forward your views on the topic of EU enlargement, and to share them with other participants. The results of this discussion, which will take place in small groups, will be presented to the Forum, will be reflected in the Forum proceedings and will have a direct impact on the direction of the work of the Committee for Trade, Industry and Enterprise Development.. The question participants will be asked to discuss is:  
    In your personal opinion, what are the most important steps that Governments, and/or businesses should take to enable businesses to compete effectively in the new trading environment?  
  18:15 - 20:00 Reception for all Forum participants  
Wednesday, 12 May 2004