In March 2019, for the first time ever, the outcome document adopted by the Second High-level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation (BAPA+40) recognized trade and investment as integral to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The International Trade Centre’s (ITC) South-South Trade and Investment Programme in partnership with the United Kingdom-based Institute of Development Studies jointly developed a methodology on designing and implementing South-South Trade and Investment programmes.
The methodology is an important tool in the current scenario of trade and investment in the global South being negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. It serves as a guide to policymakers, development agencies, and businesses for promoting trade and investments in a South-South context.
On 27 October 2020, ITC in partnership with the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) and the Institute of Development Studies will organize a seminar to launch the methodology – Designing for Impact: South-South Trade and Investment – and host a high level conversation on South-South Trade and Investment: A Tool for Revitalizing the Global Economy Post Covid-19. The event will bring together senior policy makers, trade and investment professionals, technical assistance providers, civil society and the business sector actors.
Moderator: Mr. Govind Venuprasad, Manager, South-South Trade and Investment Programme, ITC
1. Welcome and Launch of “Designing for Impact: South-South Trade and Investment”
2. Key Messages from “Designing for Impact: South-South Trade and Investment”
3. South-South Trade and Investment: A Tool for Revitalizing the Global Economy post Covid-19 – A Conversation