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Palais des Nations, Room XIX, Geneva





10:00 - 11:30

Session 1
Beyond Enlargement: Impact on Competitiveness







Mr. Alan Bryden, Secretary-General, International Organization for Standardization (ISO)




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







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







Mr. Claude Potelle, Chairman, Corporate Resources International Inc., Belgium




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





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