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The Committee on Trade and Investment is one of the nine committees that make up the subsidiary structure of the Commission. It is held every other year. The sixth session of the Committee will consider the following agenda items: implications of rising protectionism, including trade wars, on regional trade and investment; navigating non-tariff measures towards sustainable development; promoting cross-border paperless trade in Asia and the Pacific; leveraging e-commerce for graduation of least developed countries; promoting sustainable investment and business; engaging the business sector in promoting sustainable development; consideration of the future focus of the trade and investment subprogramme; consideration of draft resolutions for submission to the Commission at its seventy-fifth session; and other matters.
The Committee is expected to conduct substantive interactive dialogues on the theme topics of the Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report 2018 and 2019, namely on implications of rising protectionism on regional trade and investment and navigating non-tariff measures towards sustainable development. The Committee will engage on formulation of concrete policy recommendations in this regard providing guidance to the secretariat on its subprogramme and activities in the area of trade and investment including the linkages to technology and innovation.
The Committee session will take place during the Sixth Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Week, which will be held from 11 to 15 March 2019 under the theme Navigating Non-tariff Measures towards Sustainable Development. Various events during the TI Week will enrich the deliberations of the Committee session.
Following the meeting delegations attended filled out questionnaires regarding the session. A summary of the results is available for download.
(a) Opening addresses
(b) Election of the bureau
(c) Adoption of the agenda
Opening address by Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP
Opening address by Ms. Pimchanok Vonkorpon, Director-General, Trade Policy and Strategy Office, Ministry of Commerce, Thailand
(a) Review of recent trends and developments
(b) Implications of rising protectionism, including trade wars, for regional trade and investment
Presentation on the Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report 2018 by Ms. Mia Mikic, Director, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division, ESCAP
Panel discussion: “Implications of rising protectionism, including trade wars, for regional trade and investment”
Moderator: Mr. Kaveh Zahedi, Deputy Executive Secretary, ESCAP
Mr. Ratnakar Adhikari, Executive Director, Executive Secretariat for the Enhanced Integrated Framework at the World Trade Organization
Ms. Deborah Elms, Founder and Executive Director, Asian Trade Centre
Mr. Pradeep S. Mehta, Secretary General, CUTS International, and Secretary, CUTS Institute for Regulation and Competition
Mr. Ian Mitchell, Director, Effective Development and Senior Policy Fellow, Center for Global Development
Discussions and country statements
Biography of panelists
Blog : US-China trade tensions: are they blessings in disguise for Asia and the Pacific?
Introductory remarks by Mr. Yann Duval, Chief, Trade Policy and Facilitation Section; Trade, Investment and Innovation Division
Panel discussion: “Navigating non-tariff measures towards sustainable development”
Moderator: Ms. Mia Mikic, Director, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division, ESCAP
Mr. Wannawit Ahkuputra, Senior Advisor, International Affairs, Office of Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Digital Economy and Society of Thailand
Ms. Kristina Cherniavskaia, Leading Specialist, Ministry of Economic Development, the Russian Federation
Ms. Belinda Cleeland, Head of Research and Innovation, International Standards Organization
Ms. Pamela Coke-Hamilton, Director, Division on International Trade and Commodities, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
Mr. Antoine Sautenet, Diplomacy, Asia and Market Access, Corporate Public Affairs Department, Michelin, Thailand
Discussions and country statements
Introductory remarks by Mr. Marc Proksch, Chief, Investment and Enterprise Development Section; Trade, Investment and Innovation Division
Introductory remarks by Mr. Jonathan Tsuen Yip Wong, Chief, Technology and Innovation Section; Trade, Investment and Innovation Division
Introductory remarks by Mr. Sang Won Lim, Economic Affairs Officer, Trade Policy and Facilitation Section; Trade, Investment and Innovation Division
Remarks by Mr. George Lee Lam, President of the Executive Council of the ESCAP Sustainable Business Network
Introductory remarks by Ms. Mia Mikic, Director, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division
Presentation by Ms. Isabela Heng, Chief, Programme Planning and Budget Section, Strategy and Programme Management Division
Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP
Registration and identification badges
Electric plug and socket
Health and vaccination
Foreign currency declaration
Payment of hotel accounts
Transport from and to the Airport
Transport to attend meetings
Lost and Found
Prayer and meditation rooms
Safety and Security
The sixth session of the Committee on Trade and Investment is scheduled to be held from 13 to 15 March 2019 at the United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC) in Bangkok.
The opening of the session will take place at 0900 hours on Wednesday, 13 March 2019, in Conference Room 2, UNCC. All subsequent meetings will also be held from 0900 hours to 1200 hours and 1400 hours to 1700 hours.
Delegations wishing to host cocktail receptions, luncheons, dinners or refreshment breaks are invited to give prior notice to the Director of Trade, Investment and Innovation Division, in order to facilitate the coordination and notification of events by the Secretariat.
Delegations are kindly requested to submit letters of credentials to the Director of Trade, Investment and Innovation Division, ESCAP, at their earliest convenience but before the start of the session on 13 March 2019. Letters of credential should be addressed to the Executive Secretary of ESCAP and emailed to [email protected].
Members of delegations are kindly reminded to bring official identification with them, duly signed by the appropriate authorities of their authorities of their respective governments, and provide them to the Secretariat staff at the registration counter located on the ground floor of UNCC along with a copy of the letter of credentials indicating their appointment to the delegation.
In order to enable more effective access control and speed up the screening by security personnel, ESCAP uses photo badges for meeting participants. These are requested to register and obtain meeting badges with photo at the registration counter, located on the ground floor, UNCC, from 0800 hours to 0900 hours on the opening day of the event. Participants who are not able to register during the time indicated above are requested to do so upon their arrival at UNCC and before going to the conference room. Only the names of duly registered participants will be included in the list of participants.
Participants are requested to register online at https://meetings.unescap.org/events/sixth-session-of-the-committee-on-trade-and-investment/ no later than 4 February 2019, to facilitate smooth coordination of the issuance of photo badges and compilation of the list of participants. Participants are encouraged to submit their photo in advance, which will speed up the registration process.
Furthermore, please kindly note that registering online prior to the meeting is mandatory in accordance with standard United Nations security procedures to facilitate security clearance and entrance to the premises.
A document containing tips on completing the online registration on behalf of another participant can be accessed from the https://meetings.unescap.org/registration-guide.html.
Once participants have registered online, they are requested to obtain meeting badges at the registration counter located on the ground floor of UNCC. Badges may be picked up starting on 13 March 2019 from 0830 to 1600 hours.
Participants who have not registered prior to arrival will be requested to complete the online registration before being allowed to participate in the session. Only the names of participants who are duly credentialed and who have registered online will be included in the list of participants.
For identification and security reasons, all participants are requested to wear their meeting badges at all times during meetings, social functions and in the United Nations complex. The loss of a meeting badge should be immediately communicated to the Conference Management Unit located on the ground floor of UNCC, so that a new one can be issued.
Participants are REQUIRED to obtain an appropriate entry visa from the Royal Thai Embassy or the Royal Thai Consulate-General before entering to Thailand, EXCEPT for those nationals entitled for visa exemption and visa on arrival listed below.
ESCAP is not responsible for the accuracy or completeness of the information and for any questions. Please contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand.
List of countries and territories entitled for visa exemption and visa on arrival
Participants holding UN Laissez-Passer (UNLP) travelling on official business to Thailand are REQUIRED to obtain an appropriate visa before entering.
To apply for an appropriate entry visa to Thailand, participants are required to contact the respective Royal Thai Embassy/Consulate-General for accurate information regarding visa application procedures and required documents. The list of Royal Thai Embassy/Consulate-General can be found at www.thaiembassy.org .
Participants who may wish to apply for a visa outside their country of residence or reside in a country where there is no Royal Thai Embassy/Royal Thai Consulate should check with the meeting organizer for the location where it is possible for them to apply for a Thai visa. Please note that certain nationalities, for security reasons, are not allowed to apply for a visa except at the Royal Thai Embassy/Consulate-General which has jurisdiction over the concerned territory.
Participants who may need further assistance from UNESCAP on their visa application should contact the meeting organizer at [email protected] for necessary actions.
Participants who wish to apply for a visa on arrival at Suvarnabhumi International Airport (valid for 21 nationalities listed in the above table) should follow the below requirements:
NOTE: The information provided above is accurate as of January 2018.
All participants are advised to consult with the Royal Thai Embassy/Consulate in their respective countries regarding the latest applicable immigration requirements prior to their departure to Thailand.
Furthermore, in line with security procedures for United Nations staff, travel notification through the Travel Request Information Process (TRIP) is required prior to any official travel to a non-phase area. Upon notification of travel on TRIP, United Nations staff members will automatically receive an updated security advice for United Nations visitors to Thailand. Please visit https://dss.un.org to apply for this travel notification. United Nations staff members are required to complete BSAFE training before travelling
The weather in Bangkok is usually warm and humid. Light tropical clothing would be appropriate. The conference rooms where the meetings are to be held are air-conditioned and the temperature is maintained in the range of 23-24 degrees Celsius (73-75 degrees Fahrenheit).
The electric power in Thailand is 220V running at 50Hz and the plug types used are either type A, type B, or type C. A hybrid socket is almost universally found, which accepts a combination of the above plug types. Delegates are strongly encouraged to carry their own adapters for use with laptops and other electrical appliances as the Secretariat will not be able to provide these. In case of need, adapters can be purchased from shops in the city dealing in electronic and electrical items.
Upon arrival at the port of entry in Thailand, participants who are nationals of or have traveled from/through countries listed below, which have been declared Yellow Fever infected areas, must provide an International Health Certificate proving that they have received a valid Yellow Fever vaccination at the Health Control Office upon arrival before proceeding to immigration. A valid vaccination certificate means that the vaccine was administered at least 10 days prior to travel to the affected country. The International Health Certificate must also be submitted together with the visa application form.
The countries/areas listed below have been declared yellow fever infected areas:
Thailand is currently experiencing ongoing sporadic transmission of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. All travelers are advised to protect themselves from mosquito bites while in Thailand. Given possible transmission of the disease to unborn babies, pregnant women should consider postponing travel to Thailand or talk to their doctor about the implications of traveling to Thailand during this time.
In addition to the above, Medical Services Division at HQ advises that pregnant UN Personnel should not undertake duty travel or be relocated to countries/areas where local transmission of Zika virus is known to occur. Women who are seeking pregnancy should obtain individual advice from their medical practitioner on risk management regarding their plans to travel into a Zika-affected area. For further information, please read the attached Zika virus FAQ.
First-aid and emergency medical service is available at the Medical Centre, which is located on the ground floor of the UNCC, during weekdays. The ESCAP Medical Officer and Nurse are available from 0730 to 1545 hours, with the exception of lunch time from 1200 to 1245 hours. Appointments may be made through extensions 1352 or 1761.
Delegates are strongly encouraged to subscribe to a travel or health insurance which is valid in the Kingdom of Thailand, in order to cover any medical bills or hospitalization fees.
The United Nations buildings are smoke-free areas. Smoking is permitted only in the designated areas outside of the buildings.
Any person who brings or takes an aggregate amount of foreign currency exceeding US$ 20,000 or its equivalent into or out of the Kingdom of Thailand shall declare such amount of foreign currency to a Customs Official. Failure to make such a declaration or making any false declaration to a Customs official is a criminal offence.
Currency exchange facilities are available at hotels and all over Bangkok. Such services are also available at the Siam Commercial Bank, United Nations Branch, which is located on the first floor of the Service Building (telephone extension 2168). The Bank opens from 0830 to 1530 hours, with no lunch break, from Monday to Friday.
Many international airlines operate regular services to and from Bangkok. Participants are advised to secure their return bookings prior to their departure for Bangkok. If this is not possible, they should make firm return bookings immediately upon arrival in Bangkok. Travel services are available through the American Express office located on the fourth floor of the Service Building
A list of hotels, located relatively close to ESCAP which have been designated as recommended hotels for which the room rates indicated are inclusive of service charge and value added tax can be downloaded.
Participants are responsible for booking their own rooms and are requested to contact the hotel directly at least 10 working days in advance and provide the participant’s full name, date and time of check-in and check-out, flight numbers and contact details.
In the event that accommodation at any of the above-listed hotels is not available, participants will be advised by the respective hotel.
The information above is provided for the convenience of participants. While efforts have been made to ensure that the information is as accurate as possible, ESCAP makes no guarantee, either expressed or implied, as to the exactness of the hotel information or availability of rooms at the rates listed.
The rates provided in the table are accurate as of January 2017 and subject to change without notice. Please confirm the room rates directly with the hotel.
Before departure from Bangkok, participants should settle directly with the respective hotels all accounts, including room charges and other expenses, such as for local and long-distance telephone calls, Internet use, business center use, laundry, room and hotel transportation services, mini-bar items, as well as restaurant and bar services. Participants are also responsible for any charges incurred with respect to rooms remaining vacant owing to late arrival or rescheduled departure for which inadequate prior notice is given.
Participants should make their own transportation arrangements from Suvarnabhumi Airport or Donmuang International Airport to their respective hotels. Limousine, metered-taxi and bus services are readily available at the airport. Detailed information about the respective airports can be found at http://www.suvarnabhumiairport.com and http://www.donmuangairport.com/.
To avail themselves of the airport limousine service, it is strongly recommended that participants contact only the authorized officials at the counters located in the airport arrival zone. These officials will issue a ticket for the assignment of a limousine for transporting passengers to the desired destination, upon request. The Suvarnabhumi International Airport limousine service counters are located on the second floor at Baggage Claim and Arrival Hall exits, channels A, B and C. For public taxi, participants are advised to proceed to the first floor of the Passenger Terminal, between exit doors 4 and 7, outdoor area, where they will find automatic dispensing machines from which they can collect a queuing ticket for a public taxi. In addition to toll fees, there is a 50 Baht surcharge to be added to the meter charge from airport to the city. Please refer to the airport website noted above for details.
Participants should make their own transport arrangements to and from the UNCC. Metered-taxis are readily available in the city.
Some hotels close to the United Nations building provide complimentary transport, according to fixed schedules, to and from the UNCC.
Free wireless internet access is available in all conference and meeting rooms and in the public areas of the UNCC. No password is required.
Catering services are available at the following locations:
Rajapruek Lounge, which serves light meals and beverages, located on the ground floor of the UNCC, is open from 0700 to 1700 hours on Monday through Thursday, and from 0700 to 2000 hours on Friday.
Cafeteria, which serves Thai and international lunch, located on level 1 of UNCC, is open from 1100 to 1400 hours for lunch on Monday through Friday.
Coffee Corner, which serves sandwiches, pastries, coffee, tea and soft drinks, located on level 1, UNCC, is open from 0700 to 1700 hours.
Canteen, which serves Thai lunch, located on the ground floor of the Service Building, is open from 0700 to 1300 hours on Monday through Friday.
Commencing 1 October 2018, the single-use cups are no longer available within the UN compound in Bangkok. A deposit of 100 Baht fee will apply on top of the cost of drink, which will be returned once the cup is brought back. Participants could also bring their own reusable cup to buy a drink and get a stamp. After 9 stamps, a free drink will be offered.
In case lunch boxes are offered by meeting/conference organizers to participants, all these boxes need to be returned to the caterer immediately after the meal. If not, meeting/conference organizers will be charged for any losses.
Mail intended for participants during the session should be addressed as follows:
(Name of delegate)
c/o ESCAP Secretariat
United Nations Building
Rajdamnern Nok Avenue
E-mail address: [email protected]
As part of the efforts by ESCAP to reduce the amount of paper used in conjunction with its sessions, pre-session documents will no longer be distributed automatically to each member and associate member delegation; rather, one set of documents per delegation will be issued only upon request (i.e. “print on demand”). Delegates are requested to contact the Document Distribution staff in front of Conference Room 2, to request their printed copy. Participants are requested to bring with them any additional copies they may require at the meeting. USB flash drives containing the pre-session documents and other session information will be distributed to each participant upon registration.
All pre-session documents will be made available in the four official languages as they are issued at www.unescap.org/events/committee-trade-and-investment-sixth-session. Documents for circulation or distribution at the session should be handed to the secretariat staff on duty at the meeting room. In accordance with the United Nations regulations for the control and limitation of documentation, the secretariat cannot undertake to process and/or reproduce documents or a statement submitted by individual delegations, unless the Commission specifically takes a decision to that effect and approves the financial implications thereof.
Documents for circulation or distribution at the Committee session should be delivered to Ms. Mia Mikic, Director, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division (email: [email protected]), 4th Floor, Block A, United Nations Building. Prior notification of such a request would be greatly appreciated. In accordance with United Nations regulations for the control and limitation of documentation, the Secretariat cannot undertake to process and/or reproduce documents or statements submitted by individual delegations unless the Committee specifically takes a decision to that effect and accepts the financial implications thereof.
Information on accessibility support available for persons with disabilities at UNCC is available on the UNCC website.
ESCAP Library facilities are available on the first floor, Service Building from 0730 to 1600 hours, Monday through Friday. For details on the use of the ESCAP Library facilities, please consult the staff on duty at the Library or call extensions 1329 and 1360. Further information about the ESCAP Library can be found at www.unescap.org/library .
Banking services are available at the Siam Commercial Bank, United Nations Branch, located on the first floor of the Service Building, from 0830 to 1530 hours during weekdays. (telephone extension 2168).
Postal services are available at the Post Office, United Nations Branch, located on the ground floor of UNCC. It is open from 0800 to 1600 hours, Monday through Friday. The Post Office can be contacted at extensions 1260 and 2911.
The souvenir shop is located on the first floor of UNCC. It is open from 0800 to 1700 hours, Monday through Friday. The shop can be contacted at extension 1295.
The American Express Travel (AMEX) office is located on the first floor, United Nations Conference Centre, which is open from 0800 to 1700 hours weekdays. The AMEX office can be contacted at extensions 2820, 2821, 2822 and 2823.
The UNCC floor plans are available on the UNCC website
A Lost and Found desk is located on the ground floor of the UNCC by the Security scanning area.
Prayer and meditation rooms are located on Level 2 of the UNCC by the stairway next to the main entrance of ESCAP Hall.
Security Control Centre (24/7): +66.2.2881102; +66.2.2881113
UN Security Emergency Number: +66.2.2881100
Thailand Emergency Numbers:
Police general emergency call: 191
Ambulance and rescue: 1554
Tourism Police: 1155
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