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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

SPEECHES / PRESENTATIONS

 

 

 

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