Ministerial Round Table

Investing in the Sustainable Development Goals

Date: 16 October 2014
Time: 15:00-18:00
Location: Palais des Nations, Room XX

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Download: Chairs’ summary


The Ministerial Round Table discussed how to finance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A significant ratcheting up of investment will be required to achieve the SDGs, and the private sector will be a vital partner to public efforts to this effect. Indeed, the role of investment to generate productive capacity will be at the heart of efforts to meet the SDGs.

Ministers and heads of international organizations considered appropriate policy frameworks for sustainable investment, and propose strategies to engage private sector stakeholders to invest in the SDGs.

Elements for the debate

  • How can policies be deployed to engage private sector funding for the SDGs?
  • What factors shape private sector involvement in the sustainable and inclusive growth agenda?
  • Should an international governance structure frame different actors’ roles; what form should it take?


The outcome of the Round Table was a chairs’ summary. The co-chairs of the Ministerial Round Table summarized the highlights of the debate on investing in the SDGs, based on and enriching UNCTAD’s Action Plan for Investing in the SDGs. Their summary will be shared with the participating Ministers at the conclusion of the roundtable. The Summary will then be formally forwarded to the UN General Assembly and will feed into the Conference on Financing for Development next year in Addis Ababa, and ultimately into the Conference on the Sustainable Development Goals in New York.

The Forum therefore served as a platform to influence and shape the final scope of the SDGs, and by feeding into the upcoming Multilateral Summits on Financing for Development, the thoughts and ideas generated by the MRT will feed directly into this multilateral process and have a lasting impact during the lifetime of the Goals between 2015 and 2030.


  • H.E. Ms. Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, The Netherlands [Statement]
  • H.E. Mr. Rob Davies, Minister of Trade and Industry, South Africa

Download: Chairs’ summary

Opening statement

  • Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) [Statement]

Speakers & Statements

  • H.E. Mr. Khaalis E. Rolle, Minister of State for Investments, Office of the Prime Minister, The Bahamas [Statement]
  • H.E. Mr. Amir Hossain Amu, Minister of Industries, Bangladesh [Statement]
  • H.E. Mr. Lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk, Minister of Economic Affairs, Bhutan [Statement]
  • H.E. Mr. Laurent Serge Etoundi Ngoa, Minister of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, Social Economy and Handicrafts, Cameroon [Statement]
  • H.E. Ms. Gertrude Zouta, Minister of Commerce, Industry, Small and Medium Enterprises and Handicrafts, Central African Republic
  • H.E. Mr. Wang Shouwen, Assistant Minister, Ministry of Commerce, People’s Republic of China [Statement]
  • H.E. Mr. Alexander Mora, Minister of Foreign Trade, Costa Rica
  • H.E. Ms. Zdenka Lončar, Assistant Minister, Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Crafts, Croatia [Statement]
  • H.E. Mr. Stanley Palm, Minister of Economic Affairs and Tourism, Curaçao
  • H.E. Mr. Jean Alain Rodríguez, Secretary of State and Executive Director of the Center for Export and Investment, Dominican Republic [Statement]
  • H.E. Mr. Richard Espinosa Guzmán, Minister Coordinator of Production, Employment and Competitiveness, Ecuador
  • H.E. Mr. Ahmed Abitew Asfaw, Minister of Industry, Ethiopia
  • H.E. Mr. Juan Carlos Paiz, Presidential Commissioner for Investment and Competition, Guatemala [Statement]
  • H.E. Mr. Temir Sariev, Minister of Economy, Kyrgyz Republic [Statement]
  • H.E. Dr. Bounthavy Sisouphanthong, Vice Minister of Planning and Investment, Lao People’s Democratic Republic [Statement]
  • H.E. Mr. Sekhulumi Paul Ntsoaole, Minister of Trade and Industry, Cooperatives and Marketing, Lesotho
  • H.E. Mr. Joéli Valérien Lalaharisaina, Minister of Strategic Resources, Madagascar [Statement]
  • H.E. Mr. Moustapha Ben Barka, Minister of Industry and the Promotion of Investment, Mali [Statement]
  • H.E. Ms. Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, The Netherlands
  • H.E. Mr. Alma Oumarou, Minister of Commerce and Private Sector Promotion, Niger [Statement]
  • H.E. Dr. Olusegun Aganga, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Nigeria
  • H.E. Mr. Pierre Laporte, Minister of Finance, Trade and Investment, Seychelles [Statement]
  • H.E. Mr. Rob Davies, Minister of Trade and Industry, South Africa
  • H.E. Mr. Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, Minister of Investment Promotion, Sri Lanka [Statement]
  • H.E. Mr. Ahmed Mahgoub Shawer, General Secretary, National Investment Authority, Sudan
  • H.E. Ms. Beatrice Maser Mallor, Ambassador, State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, Switzerland [Statement]
  • H.E. Mr. Mongi Hamdi, Foreign Minister, Tunisia [Statement]
  • H.E. Mr. Kurt Tong, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs,U.S. Department of State, United States of America [Statement]
  • H.E. Dr. Samuel Undenge, Deputy Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Zimbabwe [Statement]
  • Ms. Keiko Honda, Executive Vice President, Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) [Statement]
  • Ms. Gabriela Ramos, Chief of Staff and G20 Sherpa, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) [Statement]
  • Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) [Statement]


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