Ministerial Roundtable: Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development

25 Oct 2018
Room XX

Ministerial Roundtable: Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development

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

In partnership with:

Event Manager: Ms. Fiorina Mugione
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Ms. Paola Barcellos Tucunduva

Empretec Trainer, Presenter of Alma do Negócio, Professor at Fundação Dom Cabral FDC

Dr. Xiang Bing

Founding Dean, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, China

Ms. Busi Bango

Director, Empretec Zimbabwe

H.E. Ambassador Kodjo Asimeng Wadee

CEO Empretec Ghana, (TBC)

Mr. Aditya Dash

Managing Director, Ram’s Assorted Cold Storage Ltd

H.E. Mr. James Alex Msekela

Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the United Republic of Tanzania to the UN and other International Organizations in Geneva

Ms. Marthe Chantal Mbajon

Secrétaire Général, Ministère des Petites et Moyennes Entreprises, de l’Economie Sociale et l’Artisanat, Cameroun

Dr. Flavia Santoro Trujillo

President of PROCOLOMBIA, Colombia

Mr. Geoffrey Mwambe

Executive Director of Tanzania Investment Centre

Mr. Sanjay G. Mungur

Chief Executive Officer, Empretec Mauritius

Mr. Jonathan Ortmans

Founder and President of the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN)

Mr. Jorge Lawson

Director Banco de la Nación, Argentina

Mr. Alejandro Delgado Ayala

President, National Institute for Entrepreneurship, Mexico

Ms. Armgard Wippler

Deputy Director General for SME Policy, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany

Ms. Heloisa Menezes

Technical Director of SEBRAE /Serviço Brasileiro de Apoio às Micro e Pequenas Empresas), Brazil

H.E. Mr. Matia Kasaija

Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development of the Republic of Uganda

H.E. Ms. Clare Akamanzi

Chief Executive Officer, Rwanda Development Board

Ms. Rkia Derham

Secretary of State to the Minister of Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy, Kingdom of Morocco

H.E. Prof. Bambang Brodjonegoro

Minister of National Development Planning of Indonesia

H.E. Mr. Alan John Kwadwo Kyerematen

Minister of Trade and Industry, Ghana

H.E. Mr. José Ramón Valente

Minister of Economy, Economic Development and Tourism, Chile

H.E. Mr. Zayed R. Alzayani

Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Bahrain