Enterprise Ministerial Roundtable

Entrepreneurship for sustainable development
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18 October 2023
15:00 - 17:00 Abu Dhabi

The Enterprise Ministerial Roundtable at the World Investment Forum will connect investment and enterprise development policy. It will focus on new directions for private sector development and entrepreneurship promotion policies towards increased sustainability and inclusiveness for the attainment of the SDGs. It will emphasize efforts to boost green growth and discuss initiatives such as social enterprise and impact investment, as well as entrepreneurship for youth, women and vulnerable groups. Building on UNCTAD's Investment Policy Framework and UNCTAD's Entrepreneurship Policy Framework, the discussions will shed light on the investment and entrepreneurship policy interface.

Session themes:

  • New ways and means to not only boost foreign investment but also its linkages with the domestic economy.
  • Innovative approaches to access international finance for local entrepreneurs and micro, small and medium-sized enterprises.
  • Effective entrepreneurship development strategies to reach vulnerable or marginalized groups and to promote inclusive development.
  • Wholistic frameworks connecting investment and enterprise policies in support of private sector development and formalization programmes in developing countries.


Secretary-General, Commonwealth of Nations
Deputy Minister, Lao People's Democratic Republic
Minister of International Cooperation, Arab Republic of Egypt
Minister of Trade, Industry, Regional Integration and Employment, the Gambia
Minister of Trade, Industry and SMEs, Republic of Guinea
Minister of Industrialization and Trade, Republic of Namibia
Minister of Industry, Commerce And Supplies, Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal
Minister of Investment, Industry and Entrepreneurship, Seychelles
Minister of Economy, United Arab Emirates
Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises Development, Republic of Zambia
Deputy Executive Director a.i. for UN Coordination, Partnerships, Resources and Sustainability, UN WOMEN
Managing Director Directorate of SDG Innovation and Economic Transformation United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, Republic of Croatia
Minister of SME, Social Economy and Handicrafts, Cameroon
Minister of Economy, Industry and Commerce, Republic of Costa Rica
Minister of Commerce and Consumer Protection, Republic of Mauritius
Minister of Industry and Commerce, Angola
Minister of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development, Zimbabwe
Vice Minister of Industrial Development at the Ministry of Industry, Trade and MSMEs, Dominican Republic
Assistant Director-General for Governance, Rights and Dialogue, International Labour Organization (ILO)