Making Value Chains Work for the Poor

High-Level Round Table

Date: 15 October 2014
Time: 15:00-18:00
Location: Palais des Nations, Room XXV
Opening remarks: Mr. Petko Draganov, Deputy Secretary General, UNCTAD
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The session provided a platform for international experts and practitioners to discuss how best to promote inclusive and sustainable value chains as a means of empowering small enterprises to link with all businesses in the value chain. Speakers reviewed how to facilitate transition from informal to formal businesses and considered different business sectors perspectives, including the integration of target groups such as women and youth.

Session 1 : Promoting sustainable and inclusive value chains (15:00-16:30)

Moderator: Ms. Arancha González, Executive Director of the International Trade Centre
Lead Speaker: Mr. Giuseppe Lavazza, Vice-President, LAVAZZA

Panel discussions:

Promoting inclusive value chains:

  • H.E.Mr.Laurent Serge Etoundi Ngoa, Minister of SMEs, Cameroon
  • Mr. François Perrot, Senior Manager, Affordable Housing Project, LAFARGE
  • Ms. Mathilde Iweins, Project Coordinator, ONEDOLLARGLASSES

Greening the value chain:

  • H.E. Mr. Robert Sichinga, Minister of Commerce Trade and Industry, Zambia
  • Mr. Bernard Mathieu, ‎Senior Vice President, Head of Sustainable Development, HOLCIM
  • Mr. David Norman, Senior Manager, Sustainable Development Policy, SABMILLER


  • Mr. Xavier Godinot, Head of International Advocacy, International Movement ATD Fourth World
  • Ms. Susanne Dorasil, Head of Division Economic Policy, BMZ, Germany
  • Ms. Malin Ljungkvist, Trade Policy Adviser, National Board of Trade, Sweden

Session 2: Integrating Women and Youth in GVCs (16:45-18:00)

Panel discussionDebate introduced and moderated by Ms. Bisila Bokoko, Member of the Executive Board of UNCTAD’s Empretec Women in Business Award

  • H.E. Ms. Tarja Kaarina Halonen, Former President of the Republic of Finland
  • Mr. Yann Borgstedt, Founder and President of Womanity
  • Mr. Charles Ocici, Empretec Director, Enterprise Uganda

Panel discussion: Debate introduced and moderated by Ms. Jeroo Billimoria, Managing Director, Child and Youth Finance International

  • Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi, United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth
  • Mr. Peter Ptashko, Unltd, Programme Director, United Kingdom
  • Dr. Armen Orujyan, Founder and Chairman, Athgo Corporation

Background documentation