Making Value Chains Work for the Poor

High-level roundtable
in collaboration with the International Trade Centre, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BIZ)
15 October 2014
15:00 - 18:00 Europe/Zurich

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 I : Promoting sustainable and inclusive value chains

  • Promoting inclusive value chains
  • Greening the value chain

Session II: Integrating Women and Youth in GVCs


Deputy Secretary General, UNCTAD
Vice President, Lavazza
Minister of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, Social Economy and Handicrafts, Cameroon
Senior Manager, Affordable Housing Project, LAFARGE
Project Coordinator, OneDollarGlasses
Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Zambia
Senior Vice President, Head of Sustainable Development, Holcim
Senior Manager, Sustainable Development Policy, SABMILLER
Head of International Advocacy, International Movement ATD Fourth World
Head of Division Economic Policy, BMZ, Germany
Trade Policy Adviser, National Board of Trade, Sweden
Former President of the Republic of Finland
Founder and President of Womanity
Empretec Director, Enterprise Uganda
United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth
Programme Director, Unltd, United Kingdom
Founder and Chairman, Athgo Corporation


Executive Director, International Trade Centre
Member of the Executive Board of UNCTAD’s Empretec Women in Business Award
Managing Director, Child and Youth Finance International