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9-13 May 2011
Istanbul, Turkey

Forum Events

(Subject to change)

Monday 9 May 2011

The Private Sector and Children in LDCs: Maximizing Positive Impacts 

8:00am – 10:00am

UN Global Compact
UNICEF
Save the Children

 

This breakfast session will explore the linkages between business and child rights with a particular focus on Least Developed Countries. During the session the draft Children’s Rights and Business Principles will be introduced. The Principles provide guidance as to what business can do to minimize the potential negative impacts of their business on children and maximize the positive contribution they can make to children’s lives. The discussion will provide input to the finalisation of the Principles, which are due to be launched in November 2011.

 

Country Branding & Partnership: Creating and Managing Country Brand Value and Partnerships with Business
UN-OHRLLS, Interbrand and Global Partnership Forum

10:30am – 12:30pm

UN-OHRLLS
Interbrand
Global Partnership Forump
 
 

This event focuses on how LDCs can create their own unique country brand, enabling them to communicate a message of country-specific value, turning the country image into a valuable business asset. Also discussed will be best practices on partnerships that strengthen economic development.


 

High-Level Meeting on Investment and Partnerships

1:00pm – 4:00pm

United Nations
The Republic of Turkey

 

A high-level luncheon convening 500 Heads of State and Government, chief executives, and other top leaders. The meeting provides a unique opportunity for the private sector to engage in high-level dialogue with Government heads from around the world. Through roundtable discussions, business leaders will have the opportunity to 1) Showcase corporate practices and announce new partnerships between business and governments in support of development; 2) Identify new, scalable collective action and innovative business models for contributing to development in the LDCs and 3) Highlight ways in which Governments can further facilitate business engagement in the LDCs.

Invitation only.

 

Trade Fair Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Global Business Partnership Forum Opening and Cocktail Reception

4:00pm – 6:00pm

TUSKON
TOBB

 

The opening of the Trade Fair and the Global Business Partnership Forum will be celebrated by the official ribbon-cutting ceremony. This will open the trade fair area for High Level Representatives to walk through and visit company and country booths. The Cocktail Reception will be hosted by Tuskon and TOBB.

Invitation only.

Tuesday 10 May 2011

Trade Fair

9:00am – 6:30pm

TOBB
TUSKON

 

The Trade Fair is the main area of the Private Sector Track where business to business bilateral meetings will be held among LDC and non-LDC company representatives. It is anticipated that over 140 companies and 49 LDC countries will have their goods and services exhibited during the Trade Fair. Thus, presenting a unique opportunity for exporters and interested buyers, partners and investors to meet face to face.

 

World Export Development Forum: Private Sector Engagement with LDCs for Tourism-led Growth and Inclusive Sustainable Development

Tuesday,
9:00am – 6:30pm
Wednesday,
10:00am – 1:00pm

ITC

 

WEDF will bring together potential private sector partners to show how engagement in tourism projects benefits employment, especially of women and young people, and the development of the local private sector. Experts at WEDF will include representatives from the South who will share their experience and present their investments in LDCs, underscoring the growing importance of South-South Cooperation Partnerships.

To attend please contact wedf@intracen.org

 

SME Finance, G20 and LDCs: Policy Framework, Challenges and What Works

8:00am – 3:00pm, p1
3:30pm
6:00pm, p2

Undersecretariat of Treasury, Turkey on behalf of G-20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI)-SME Finance Sub-Group

 

This event is organized by the Undersecretariat of Treasury, Turkey as the Co-chair of the G-20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI) SME Finance Task Group. The G-20, and its partner and implementing agencies, work in partnership with LDCs in sharing experience and successful models, and providing capacity-building and technical assistance to support SME finance strategies and policy frameworks. This event will increase the awareness of the challenges and priority needs of the LDCS in access to SME finance. During the Event, the challenges of SME finance in LDCs, promising LDC models, and recommendations on SME access to financial services will be discussed.

 

Invitation only.

 

Engaging the Private Sector in the Development of the LDCs – How Governments and the Private Sector Collaborate to Pursue Inclusive Growth

8:00am – 10:00am

UN Global Compact
UNDP

 

As part of the Global Business Partnership Forum at the LDC Conference, the UNDP and the UNGC will facilitate a high-level dialogue between development ministers, LDC ministers, business executives and civil society leaders. The event will explore promising ways to leverage private sector engagement in development, with a particular focus on public-private collaboration to promote private investments that contribute to inclusive growth.

 

New Frontiers in Finance: Portfolio Investment, Credit and Other Sources of Capital

8:00am – 9:30am

UN Global Compact
UNEP FI
PRI

 

This session will explore the best and emerging practices for investing into frontier markets and LDCs. What are the major barriers or obstacles for investment in to the LDCs – from an institutional investor, development bank, or microfinance perspective? How does “responsible investment” with regards to the various asset classes apply to investing in LDCs?

 

The Business and Development Cases for Engaging Women in Global Value Chains

8:00am – 10:00am

TUSIAD
UN Global Compact
UN Women
ITC

 

This working breakfast will explore the benefits of engaging women as suppliers in global value chains from a range of perspectives. Participants will be invited to share their own experience of engaging women enterprise owners in value chains. The Women’s Empowerment Principles will also be introduced.

 

Entrepreneurship – Tested Prescription for Wealth Creation

8:00am – 9:30am

Athgo International
 
 

Athgo International hosts this event featuring a discussion about the use of technology as it affects every aspect of entrepreneurship, transforming not only the way that business is conducted, but also creating new business sectors and jobs.


 

Stock Exchanges Development and Strengthening in the LDCs 

10:00am – 12:30pm

UN Global Compact
Istanbul Stock Exchange
PRI

 

This event focuses on the current development trends among LDC stock exchanges, capacity building for establishing new stock exchanges in LDCs, and enhancing LDC exchanges more broadly.

 

SME Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development

10:00am – 12:30pm

KOSGEB
TUSKON

 

Offers a platform for international institutions and national entrepreneur development agencies to share their experience and discuss issues related to the development of entrepreneurship environments for SMEs. This dialogue will address a wide range of practical issues such as identifying and training personnel and developing business plans.

 

Investment Showcases

10:00am – 12:30pm

UNCTAD
ICC

 

The aim of this event is to draw the attention of investors to opportunities and conditions in LDCs through a third party perspective, and to assist developing countries in attracting quality investment. Ministers and heads of investment promotion agencies from five countries (Benin, Comoros, Lao PDR, Rwanda and Zambia) will present the investment opportunities and conditions in their countries.

 

Broadband Commission for Digital Development - Exploring Business Models for LDCs 
 

1:00pm – 3:00pm

Broadband Commission for Digital Development
ITU
UNESCO


 

This event focuses on business opportunities and the potential of public/private partnerships for ICT players from the private sector to rollout broadband strategies in LDCs. It also aims at providing greater impetus to strengthen partnerships between government and the business community.


 

UNCTAD/ICC Investment Advisory Council –Ninth Session – “A New Partnership for LDCs Development: Invest in the Poor, For the Poor, and with the Poor”
 

1:15pm – 3:00pm

UNCTAD
ICC


 

This session provides a platform for senior business executives and senior government officials to dialogue on the overarching themes of investment for sustainable development in the Least Developed Countries. The 9th session of the IAC will build on the 8th session of the IAC and develop practical recommendations for leveraging foreign direct investment in the LDCs and increasing its contribution to their development.

Invitation only.


 

What is the Ideal Institutional Set-up Particularly for the Case of the LDCs that can Ignite and Sustain Private Economic Activity?
 

1:00pm – 3:00pm

TOBB


 

The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey hosts this event focused on the role of the private sector in economic development. A vibrant private sector has been the main driver of growth in many of the development success stories around the world. The panel will focus on the policy challenges and aims to draw policy lessons from the Turkish experience as well as its recent economic interaction within the region.


 

Contributing to Millennium Development Goals: The Role of Chambers in Achieving the MDGs
 

3:30pm – 6:00pm

TOBB


 

As a leading Turkish private sector organization, TOBB  initiated the "Project on Localization of MDGs" in cooperation with UNDP. As a result, 19 local Chambers and Commodity Exchanges created projects spread countrywide. This panel will provide an overall picture of the outputs generated from these projects, specifically in the field of employment creation.


 

The Fragile Global Economic Recovery on the Road to 2015: Overcoming Challenges of International Resources Mobilization into LDCs
 

3:30pm – 6:00pm

African Business Roundtable
ACP Secretariat


 

This session focuses on encouraging the inflow of capital and development assistance to the LDCs, in order to meet the Millennium Development Goals by 2015. The particular challenges faced due to the global economic slowdown will be discussed.


 

Trade Bridge Concept as a Case for Trade and Investment Promotion
 

3:30pm – 6:00pm

ISPAT


 

Trade Bridge is a concept that TUSKON developed in 2006. It combines a large exhibition, thousands of B2B meetings, field trips (to companies, factories, and organized industrials zones), cultural aspects, and reciprocal trade delegations to countries. Tuskon will present the trade bridge model and show how it can be used as a tool for trade and investment promotion.


Wednesday 11 May 2011

Trade Fair

9:00am – 6:30pm

TOBB
TUSKON

 

The Trade Fair is the main area of the Private Sector Track where business to business bilateral meetings will be held among LDC and non-LDC company representatives. It is anticipated that over 140 companies and 49 LDC countries will have their goods and services exhibited during the Trade Fair. Thus, presenting a unique opportunity for exporters and interested buyers, partners and investors to meet face to face.

 

Branchless Banking in the LDCs

8:00am – 9:30pm

UNCDF
The Government of Australia

 

UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) is developing a Least Developed Country focused funding facility for mobile money solutions for the unbanked in challenging environments. This facility will focus on demonstrating that mobile financial services such as savings, payments, remittances, and other potential services, can reach the poor and be sustainable given the right product design, partnerships and regulatory environment.

 

Is the Success in Africa Sustainable?

10:00am – 12:30pm

World Bank

 

The Africa Region of the World Bank hosts a roundtable dialogue among multiple stakeholders – business, government, civil society, and development partners to discuss and address challenges facing LDCs in sustaining their access to export markets, enhancing their productive capacity, and building partnerships for innovative solutions in Africa.

 

Climate Change and Development

10:00am – 12:30pm

UN Global Compact

 

This event is focused on the private sector’s role in building climate change resiliency, particularly in the LDCs, and aims to look at examples of corporate initiatives and types of measures that could enable further investments in climate adaptation. This event will feature key presentations from business and civil society followed by roundtable discussions.


 

Global Compact Management Model Training

10:00am – 12:30pm

UN Global Compact Office
Deloitte Turkey

 

The UN Global Compact Management Model incorporates six management steps: commit, assess, define, implement, measure, and communicate. The Management Model has broad applications for all companies, regardless of scale, industry, geographic location, or its current sustainability performance. This training will review the six steps for companies who are interested in assessing their management processes related to sustainability and in developing strong business practices which incorporate the Global Compact's ten principles into their day-to-day operations.

 

South-South Development Round Table: Building Productive Capacities of LDCs through South-South, Triangular and Public-Private Partnership 

1:00pm – 3:00pm

UNDP
Special Unit for South-South Cooperation

 

The roundtable will showcase concrete solutions to increasing the productive capacities of LDCs through a public-private partnership model with the view of transferring successful practices.

 

Investment in LDCs: Lessons Learned from the Past Decade and the Way Forward 

1:00pm – 3:00pm

UNCTAD
ICC

 

At this press event, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) will launch its recent publication examining trends in FDI flows to LDCs as well as policy developments on the regulatory framework concerning FDI at the national and international levels.

 

Good Governance and Business: Public Private Partnerships

3:30pm – 6:00pm

UN Global Compact
 
 

The session aims to increase participants’ awareness of existing public-private partnership initiatives that are aimed at enhancing transparency and governance measures. It will also showcase existing good practices undertaken by governments, multilateral development agencies, and corporations, who are contributing to transparency and good governance.


 

Beyond the Crisis: Increasing Trade and Capital Flows to African LDCs 

3:30pm – 6:00pm

African Business Roundtable
UN Business Steering Committee on Financing for Development
 
 

The African Business Roundtable and The United Nations Business Steering Committee on Financing for Development co-host this event. Highlights include: Africa on the global investment map with a view to increasing African LDC’s trade and investment flows with the rest of the world including other LDCs.


 

Corporate Water Sustainability: How can Companies Contribute to Water Solutions in the LDCs

3:30pm – 6:00pm

UN Global Compact
 
 

The global crisis with respect to access to safe drinking water (and adequate sanitation) is especially acute in many LDCs. Concerning access to safe water, while developing countries are on track to achieve the related Millennium Development Goal, the LDCs as a group are off track. For the private sector, issues related to water availability pose risks in reputation, business continuity, and regulatory terms. Recognizing this, an increasing number of business enterprises are making sustainable water management a priority, in partnership with the public sector, civil society, and other stakeholders. This session will explore how the private sector can contribute positively to water solutions in the LDCs.


Thursday 12 May 2011

Trade Fair

9:00am – 6:30pm

TOBB
TUSKON

 

The Trade Fair is the main area of the Private Sector Track where business to business bilateral meetings will be held among LDC and non-LDC company representatives. It is anticipated that over 140 companies and 49 LDC countries will have their goods and services exhibited during the Trade Fair. Thus, presenting a unique opportunity for exporters and interested buyers, partners and investors to meet face to face.

 

How the UN Global Compact is Making a Difference in the LDCs

8:00am – 9:30am

UN Global Compact
 
 

This interactive panel will examine the role of UN Global Compact signatories in the LDCs. It will also take a closer look at how the private sector can contribute to development from the perspective of enterprises and local networks through their multi-stakeholder approach.


 

The Role of the Private Sector in Peace and Development – Delivering for Results, Beyond Economics

9:00am – 12:30pm

UNDP
UN Global Compact
Donor Committee for Enterprise Development
 
 

This event focuses on the role that the private sector can play to contribute to peace and development. It will feature presentations on the DCED position paper and guidelines, as well as of the UNGC “Guidance on Responsible Business in Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas”. Companies and other stakeholders working in conflict areas will also highlight their experience and findings.


 

Putting Farming First – Growth through Agriculture

10:00am – 12:30pm

Farming First
ICC
 
 

This session will review the unique needs of the LDCs to achieve agricultural development and to reduce poverty, hunger, and malnutrition. The presenters will include farmers, business people, and development specialists all with an expertise in breaking the subsistence cycle for smallholder farmers, enabling them to become small-scale entrepreneurs.


 

Trade and Investment Facilitation in LDCs

10:00am – 12:30pm

ISPAT
TUSKON
 
 

This event focuses on promoting simplification, harmonization, and transparency in trade and investment procedures with a view to reduce transaction costs. Four keys aspects of a successful trade and investment facilitation will be addressed during this event: responding to market needs, transaction cost reduction, enhancing the mobility of business people, and improving management through capacity building.


 

Innovative Mechanisms for Local Government Infrastructure Financing in LDCs

10:00am – 12:30pm

African Business Round Table
Nepad Business Group
 
 

Nepad Business Group and the African Business Group will co-host this event focused on bringing solutions developed for Infrastructure provision to public and private sector executives.


 

Accelerating Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Through ICT – The UN-GAID eNabler Project

1:00pm – 3:00pm

UN - GAID
 
 

Information and communications technologies (ICT) can help NGO officials to significantly accelerate the advancement of MDG priority areas. UN-GAID is building a comprehensive tool to help people develop and execute a customized plan that is country specific as well as helping to monitor and track progress that has been made. This session will highlight and demonstrate the key components of the eNabler as it exists today and outline the long range vision.


 

Financing Resilience to Insure Sustainable Development

1:00pm – 3:00pm

World Bank
GFDRR
UNISDR
 
 

This forum will focus on sharing knowledge and experience on disaster risk financing, insurance and reconstruction financing, and exploring innovative approaches to promote, strengthen, and protect sustainable development in the LDCs. They will also share key conclusions and lessons learned from the joint United Nations – World Bank study Natural Hazards, Unnatural Disasters: The Economics of Effective Prevention.


 

Organized Industrial Zones as a Tool for Regional Development in LDCs

3:30pm – 6:00pm

Ministry of Trade and Industry of Republic of Turkiye
TUSKON
 
 

This event focuses on how organized industrial zones can be an efficient method of industrialization for the LDCs. Organized as a panel and a workshop, this event will address a wide range of practical issues important for organized industrial development. 


 

Promoting Institutionalization of the LDCs Private Sector: The Best Practices of Turkey

3:30pm – 6:00pm

TOBB
 
 

The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey hosts this event focused on the formulation and implementation of a comprehensive policy framework governing the operations of the private sector. Such a policy framework should include specific policies for industry, investment, the environment, and SMEs and entrepreneur development. Within this context, it is vital to promote institutionalization of the private sector within the LDCs. This session will provide an overall understanding of private sector development within the context of the Turkish experience.


 

Partners in Development – How Donors can Better Engage the Private Sector in the Development in the LDCs

3:30pm – 6:00pm

Bertelsmann Foundation
Endeva
UN Global Compact
 
 

Bertelsmann foundation, Endeva, and the UN Global Compact co-host this workshop based on the insights from a recent study on donor policies to engage (foreign) companies in LDC development. Insights will be presented briefly. Participants will then be asked to comment and expand on the findings.


Friday 13 May 2011

Trade Fair

9:00am – 6:30pm

TOBB
TUSKON

 

The Trade Fair is the main area of the Private Sector Track where business to business bilateral meetings will be held among LDC and non-LDC company representatives. It is anticipated that over 140 companies and 49 LDC countries will have their goods and services exhibited during the Trade Fair. Thus, presenting a unique opportunity for exporters and interested buyers, partners and investors to meet face to face.

Contact

alnf@unglobalcompact.org