This event will not be taking place as planned due to the postponement of MC12

Partners' conference to support development assistance for cotton production, processing, transformation and trade in LDC


Introduction: Cotton’s importance to the world's poorest countries and its contribution to addressing development priorities

  • Keynote address by WTO Director-General Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
  • Introductory Remarks by the Moderator, WTO Deputy Director-General Jean-Marie Paugam

Session I: National context in cotton producing LDCs and identification of project needs and priorities

Synopsis: A dialogue led by high-level officials on the importance of cotton in addressing cross-cutting development priories such as women and youth empowerment, climate change, and job creation through value addition at source in LDCs and other developing countries.

  • Burkina Faso
  • Monsieur Lassané KABORE, Ministre de l’Economie, des Finances et du Développement, and
  • Monsieur Harouna KABORE, Ministre de l’Industrie, du Commerce et de l’Artisanat
  • Benin
  • Monsieur Romuald WADAGNI, Ministre d'Etat chargé de l'Economie et des Finances de la République du Bénin
  • Chad
  • [Minister of Finance and Planning]
  • Mali
  • Honorable M Alousséni SANOU, Ministre de l'économie et des finances, and
  • Honorable M Mohamed Ould Mahmoud, Minister of Industry and Commerce
  • Mozambique
  • [H.E. Ms Verónica Macamo Ndlovo, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation] or
  • [H.E. Mr. Adriano Maleane, Minister of Economy and Finance]
  • Tanzania
  • [Hon. Dr. Mwigulu Lameck Nchemba (MP), Minister of Finance and Planning]
  • Togo
  • Chargé de la Planification du Développement et de la Coopération
  • Uganda
  • [Minister of Trade] or
  • [Minister of Economy and Finance]
  • Zambia
  • [Hon. Dr. Situmbeko Musokotwane (MP), Minister of Finance and National Planning]

Interventions by other high-level officials:

  • Cameroon
  • [Minister of the Economy, Planning and Regional Development, Hon. Mr. Alamine Ousmane Mey] or
  • [Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Hon. Mr. Gabriel Mbairobe]
  • ACP Secretariat
  • Secretary-General of the OACPS, Mr. Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti

Session II: Access to funding for LDCs – availability, issues, and priorities for international development partners

Synopsis: A dialogue led by high-level representatives of international development partners on how to respond to the project needs highlighted in Session I, and how to frame a vision for development assistance that takes into account the potential of the sector to be an engine for sustainable development, job creation, and steady economic growth.

  • European Commission Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG-DEVCO)
  • Leonard Mizzi, Head of Unit, INTPA.F.3 - Sustainable Agri-Food systems and Fisheries
  • United States of America (USAID)
  • Daniel Moore, Mission Director to USAID's West Africa Regional Mission
  • German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
  • Sebastian Lesch, Head of Division, Agricultural Value Chains, International Agricultural Policy, Agriculture and Innvovation
  • China
  • [TBC]
  • Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF)
  • Mr. Ratnakar Adhikari, Executive Director
  • International Financial Corporation (IFC)
  • Tania Lozansky, Senior Manager, Advisory, Manufacturing, Agribusiness and Services
  • International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation
  • [Mr. Hani Sonbol, CEO]
  • Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC)
  • [Ambassador Ruy Pereira, Director of the Brazilian Cooperation Agency]
  • African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank)
  • [TBC]

Session III: Project implementation – maximizing effectiveness through partnership-based approaches

Synopsis: A dialogue led by high-level representatives of implementation agencies, and representatives of private sector on how to maximize capacity building and technical assistance to attract public and private investments to boost the development of LDCs' cotton sector.

  • United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
  • Ms Rebeca Grynspan, Secretary-General
  • International Trade Centre (ITC)
  • Dorothy Tembo, Deputy Executive Director
  • International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC)
  • M. Kai Hughes, Executive Director
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • Director of FAO Liaison Office, Mr. Dominique Burgeon
  • United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
  • [Director General, Mr. LI Yong]
  • Better Cotton
  • Mr. Alan McClay, CEO
  • Ecom Agroindustrial Corp. Ltd/Afcot
  • Mr. Charles Jannet, Head of Cotton Trade, Ecom Agroindustrial Corp. Ltd, Vice President of Afcot


  • Conclusions by the Moderator Deputy Director-General Jean-Marie Paugam.


Cotton-related project requests

Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on cotton and its value chains:the case of the C-4 and other LDCs




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