Ministerial Roundtable: Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development

in partnership with the Global Entrepreneurship Network and i4Policy
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25 October 2018
10:00 - 13:00 Europe/Zurich

Part I: Entrepreneurship Policy: Challenges and Results

Developing entrepreneurship is a key element of strategies that support the attainment of the SDGs, particularly SDG9, to build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation. In this high-level event, organized with the Global Entrepreneurship Network and i4Policy, ministers will share lessons from various strategies, including innovative solutions, with a view towards developing models that can be adopted and adapted to individual countries’ needs.

Issues for the debate

  • Key elements of successful entrepreneurship development strategies
  • Innovative solutions for strategy development and implementation
  • Special needs dimensions


Part II: Celebration of 30 years of Empretec

UNCTAD’s Empretec programme has been engaged in entrepreneurs’ motivation and skills development in 40 countries since 1988, using a behavioural approach to entrepreneurship. Its impact has proved effective for a vast range of target audiences in advanced and less developed economies. Over the past three decades, Empretec has continuously demonstrated high impact by contributing to sustainable development and inclusive growth.

Issues for the debate

  • Key success factors of Empretec and comparative advantages vis-à-vis other entrepreneurship programmes
  • Measuring Empretec impact
  • Way forward to further strengthen Empretec


Minister of Trade and Industry, Ghana
Deputy Director General for SME Policy, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany
Secretary-General, UNCTAD
Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Bahrain
Minister of Economy, Economic Development and Tourism, Chile
Minister of National Development Planning of Indonesia
Minister of Trade, Industry and Co-Operatives, Uganda
Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Zimbabwe
Secrétaire Général, Ministère des Petites et Moyennes Entreprises, de l’Economie Sociale et l’Artisanat, Cameroun
Executive Director, Conquito, Ecuador
Principal Secretary, State Department of Investment and Industry Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives, Kenya
Secretary of State to the Minister of Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy, Kingdom of Morocco
Head, Investment Promotion and Facilitation, Rwanda Development Board
Founder and President, Global Entrepreneurship Network
Technical Director of SEBRAE (Serviço Brasileiro de Apoio às Micro e Pequenas Empresas), Brazil
President, National Institute for Entrepreneurship, Mexico
Director Banco de la Nación, Argentina
Executive Director of Empretec Mauritius
Director, Empretec Zimbabwe
Empretec Trainer, Presenter of Alma do Negócio, Professor at Fundação Dom Cabral FDC
Managing Director, Ram' Assorted Cold Storage Ltd
Empretec International Master Trainer
Empretec International Master Trainer
Director Empretec Argentina