The Fifth South-South Dialogue on LDCs and Development

InterContinental, Geneva, Switzerland
16/05/2022 - 08:30-21:00

Arrival of participants - (08:30 – 09:00)

Opening session - (09:00 – 09:30)

Keynote address

Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

WTO Director-General

Opening statements

H.E. Mr. Ahmad Makaila

Ambassador, Chad, LDC Coordinator

H.E. Mr. Chenggang Li

Ambassador, People's Republic of China

Photo session - (09:30 – 09:45)

Session 1: Current priorities in WTO negotiations - (09:45 – 11:00)

The session will focus on the topics that are being discussed in the run up to MC12. LDCs will have an opportunity to articulate their interests and perspectives in the ongoing negotiations. The session will also explore avenues to achieve tangible outcomes that can boost growth and development worldwide.


H.E. Mrs. Zhanar Aitzhanova

Ambassador, Kazakhstan

Keynote address

H.E. Mr. Didier Chambovey

Ambassador, Switzerland, General Council Chair


H.E. Mr. Dacio Castillo

Ambassador, Honduras

H.E. Mr. Santiago Wills

Ambassador, Colombia

H.E. Ms. Gloria Abraham Peralta

Ambassador, Costa Rica

H.E. Mr. Brajendra Navnit

Ambassador, India

Coffee break - (11:00 – 11:30)

Session 2: Strengthening WTO - (11:30 – 13:00)

The update of the WTO rulebook is long overdue. The global trade of today requires the rules that respond to the current realities. The session will focus on various perspectives shared by members to strengthen the WTO so that the multilateral trading system better serves the needs of its members.


H.E. Ms. Cheryl K. Spencer

Ambassador, Jamaica


Dr. Bernard Hoekman

Professor and Director, Global Economics, Robert Schuman Centre for Advances Studies, European University Institute


H.E. Ms. Xolelwa Mlumbi-Peter

Ambassador, South Africa

H.E. Ms. Clare Kelly

Ambassador, New Zealand

H.E. Mr. Simon Manley

Ambassador, United Kingdom

H.E. Mr. Dandy Satria Iswara

Ambassador, Indonesia

Lunch break - (13:00 – 14:30)

Session 3: LDC graduation - (14:30 – 15:45)

Graduation from LDC status is an important milestone for economic development for each LDC. At the same time, it presents some challenges. LDC graduation is one of the key priorities of the LDC Group for MC12. The session will take stock of discussions on this topic at the WTO. It will also explore ways to assist LDCs on the path to graduation.


H.E. Mr. Eheth Salomon

Ambassador, Cameroon


H.E. Ms. Kadra Ahmed Hassan

Ambassador, Djibouti

H.E. Mr. Taeho Lee

Ambassador, Republic of Korea

H.E. Ms. Pimchanok Pitfield

Ambassador, Thailand

H.E. Mr. Dagfinn Sørli

Ambassador, Norway

Coffee break - (15:45 – 16:15)

Session 4: Forward-looking perspectives for the multilateral trading system - (16:15 – 18:00)

The global trading landscape has evolved considerably over the years spurred by advances in science and technology. The discussion will explore how some of the evolving trends can help LDCs to better integrate and benefit more fully from global trade. The session will also offer an opportunity to provide an update on different initiatives that are currently being pursued – from boosting investment facilitation, to supporting small businesses to digital trade to environment.


H.E. Ms. Usha Chandnee Dwarka-Canabady

Ambassador, Mauritius


Dr. Marcelo Olarreaga

Professor of Economics, University of Geneva


H.E. Mr. Mathias Francke

Ambassador, Chile

H.E. Mr. Tan Hung Seng

Ambassador, Singapore

H.E. Mr. José Luís Cancela Gómez

Ambassador, Uruguay

H.E. Mr. Stephen Cornelius de Boer

Ambassador, Canada

Closing Session - (18:00 – 18:30)

DDG Mr. Xiangchen Zhang

Deputy Director-General, WTO

H.E. Mr. Ahmad Makaila

Ambassador, Chad, LDC Coordinator

Ms. Yihong Li

Deputy Permanent Representative, People's Republic of China

Dinner - (18:30 – 21:00)


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