Global Supply Chain Forum 2024

Global Supply Chain Forum

Transport, logistics and trade facilitation for trade-driven development


Global Supply Chain Forum 2024

UNCTAD and the Government of Barbados have joined forces to organize the inaugural Global Supply Chain Forum at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre in Bridgetown, Barbados from 21 to 24 May 2024.

This groundbreaking event will bring together industry leaders, policymakers, and experts from around the world to discuss and address the challenges and opportunities in global supply chain management.

The forum will serve as a platform for knowledge exchange, collaboration and the development of innovative strategies to optimize supply chain operations in a rapidly changing global business landscape.

By hosting this forum, Barbados aims to position itself as a hub for supply chain excellence and promote sustainable and inclusive economic growth in the region.

The Global Supply Chain Forum in Barbados promises to be a significant milestone in shaping the future of global trade and logistics.

The four-day event will be held in-person, with selected sessions streamed online.

Interested partners and stakeholders from the public and private sectors are invited to express their interest in participating in, sponsoring or contributing to the event.

Supply Chain Innovation Challenge

Supply Chain Innovation Challenge

Call for Proposals!

The Supply Chain Innovation Challenge is an integral part of the Global Supply Chain Forum scheduled to take place in Bridgetown, Barbados from May 21st to May 24th, 2024.

This challenge aims to leverage participants' collective creativity, inspiring them to suggest innovative solutions to challenges in global supply chain operation.

We are looking for cutting-edge proposals in making supply chains greener, more efficient, and resilient.

To that effect, we are asking for each innovator to write an original 2,500-word proposal in English presenting their innovative solution.

Submit your proposal

The best proposal will be presented in the Global Supply Chain Forum, travel and accommodation expenses will be taken in charge.

Proposals submission will close on 17 March 2024 at 23:59 CET (GMT+1).

Best of luck!


The Bridgetown Covenant (2021)


UNCTAD, as the focal point within the United Nations system for the integrated treatment of trade and development and interrelated issues in the areas of finance, technology, investment and sustainable development, should continue its work through the three pillars, building on the Nairobi Maafikiano and based on the preceding policy analysis of the Bridgetown Covenant.

Therefore, UNCTAD should:


Provide technical guidance and promote sharing of best practices on the integration into regional and global value and supply chains, including by taking advantage of international air and maritime transport networks;

The Bridgetown Initiative: What is it?

Ahead of COP27, the Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley, announced the Bridgetown Initiative, a political agenda for reform of the global financial architec ture and development finance in the context of three intersecting global crises (debt, climate, and inflation).

The Bridgetown Initiative proposes the creation of new instruments and reform of existing institutions to finance climate resilience and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).