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The goal of UNCTAD´s programmes on International Trade is to promote the development of developing countries through international trade; provide support for their participation in international trade negotiations; strengthen service-sector capacities in developing countries; promote the integration of trade, environment and development; analyse issues related to competition law, policy and development; and seek to enhance the contribution of the commodity sector to development through diversification and risk management. <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
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The intergovernmental machinery of UNCTAD consists basically of the Conference , the Trade and Development Board , two Commissions, and expert meetings. The Conference meets every four years, while the Board has one regular session and two or three executive sessions each year. The Commissions meet once a year, and each Commission convenes a number of expert meetings on specific topics.
UNCTAD´s Investment Policy Reviews provide an objective evaluation of the country´s legal, regulatory and institutional framework for FDI to attract increased foreign and direct investment, as well as how to maximize the benefits from it. The review includes FDI entry and establishment, treatment and protection of investment, taxation, the business environment and sectoral regulations.
Empretec is a United Nations programme established by UNCTAD's Division of Investment and Enterprise to promote the creation of sustainable small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Empretec works to support entrepreneurs to build innovative and internationally competitive SMEs. Doha, Qatar - 24 April 2012
The objective of the Trade and Environment Review is to enhance understanding of and promote dialogue on the development dimension of key trade and environment issues. Each edition of the Trade and Environment Review comprises one or more lead articles on selected topics, commentaries on those articles by a range of experts, and an overview of UNCTAD technical cooperation activities in the area of trade, environment and development.