sharing in governance of extractive industries

Small businesses giant players in pursuit of SDGs

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Small businesses giant players in pursuit of SDGs

Time: June 8, 2017 from 11am to 12:30pm
Location: Brussels
Website or Map: https://eudevdays.eu/sessions…
Event Type: high, level, panel, during, european, development, days, 2017
Organized By: ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme
Latest Activity: May 8, 2017

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Small-scale domestic enterprises in once neglected economic sectors can play a giant role in achieving the sustainable development goals. At a time when countries and development agencies are finding it difficult to secure finance for development, the micro- and small-scale private sector are already providing tens of millions of jobs in the world’s poorest countries, employing large numbers of women and young people and sustaining a steady demand for local suppliers and service providers. But their full potential to spur growth and prosperity is seldom realized. Domestic micro and small enterprises of the global south lack access to finance and know-how in areas like marketing and technology and have a poor environmental and health and safety record.

Join the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, European Commission and United Nations Development Programme to discuss how to mobilise the small-scale private sector, particularly in neglected economic sectors such as the mining of Development Minerals.  


Marjeta Jager (Moderator), Deputy Director-General Coordination, Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development, European Commission

Jeffrey Sachs, Sustainable Development Goals Advocate and Professor Columbia University

Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, Former Special Envoy on Gender to the African Development Bank and leading advocate on empowering women in the financial sector in Africa

Felix Bikpo, Chief Executive Officer – African Guarantee Fund

Viwanou Gnassounou, Assistant Secretary General (Sustainable Economic Development & Trade), African Caribbean and Pacific Group of States

Barbara Pesce Monteiro, Director of the United Nations Representation Office in Brussels

Tasneem Ava, Chief Operations Officer, Synergy Global & EDD Young Leader

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