The 7th Session of the UNCTAD Multi-Year Expert Meeting on Trade, Services and Development convened in Geneva yesterday and day before, under the chairmanship of Ambassador A.L.A. Azeez, Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva. Interactive discussions covering several areas of importance for developing and least developed countries, aimed to enhance productive capacity through services, took place during the meeting.
Being the first UN meeting to take place under Sri Lanka’s presidency following the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks, the meeting provided a platform for UN officials, experts and delegates to express their strong condemnation of the dastardly attacks and to assure sympathy and support for Sri Lanka.
Addressing the opening session of the meeting, UNCTAD Deputy Secretary General Isabelle Durant, followed by many delegations, expressed their solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka against the heinous acts which led to the loss of hundreds of innocent lives and injury to many. The Deputy Secretary General assured support for Sri Lanka, within the competence of UNCTAD, to help national efforts in re-establishing the resilience of Sri Lanka’s trade and economic sectors including tourism.