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Richard Samans, Head of the Centre for the Global Agenda, Member of the Managing Board, World Economic Forum


Sustainable investment and responsible supply chains practices can contribute to upgrade physical infrastructure, build/develop technology and innovation capacity required to expand SMEs participation into the global markets, achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, create employment and eventually, increase prosperity for all. In this regard, key issues will be addressed by relevant trade and investment actors during this panel discussion include: 

    - What is the status of sustainable development principles inclusion into investment agreements?
    - How can sustainable investment flows be directed to poorer countries, and how the WTO could contribute to this?
    - What can the private and public sectors do to encourage and monitor value chain/responsible supply chain practices?

The objective of the workshop is to further define and discuss sustainable and inclusive investment programmes in light of the global value chain reality.


  • Alvaro Cedeño Molinari, Ambassador and Permanent Representative, Permanent mission of Costa Rica to the WTO
  • Kruti Indani, Group Director, Indani Global, Switzerland
  • Ratnakar Adhikari, Executive Director of the Enhanced Integrated Framework, WTO
  • Githa Roelans, Head, Multinational Enterprises and Enterprise Engagement, International Labour Organisation (ILO)
  • Marcela Manubens, Vice President, Social Impact, Unilever