Lunchtime event: Poverty reduction through trade in Lesotho: An example of inter-agency coordination

21 November 2012
12:00 - 02:00 hrs. 13:00-15:00 hrs., Room XXV, Palais des Nations
, Switzerland

The interface between poverty and trade is multifaceted, and requires national stakeholders and development partners to join forces in a comprehensive and coordinated fashion. In Lesotho, this coordination is well under way and provides a good example of inter-agency assistance being delivered according to the Government's needs and guidance.

This information session aims to present to member States:

  • The content and results of the inter-agency programmes in the area of trade and productive capacities, such as those being implemented in Lesotho.
  • The recent update of the Diagnostic Trade Integration Study for Lesotho and its role in the national development and poverty reduction strategy.

This meeting will also provide an opportunity for the Government of Lesotho to present its national development priorities and assistance needs regarding trade, investment and related areas.

Representatives of the agencies that are members of the Cluster will participate in the meeting. Representatives of development agencies and NGOs, and journalists, are welcome.

Programme Timetable
13:00-13:05Opening remarks by Mr. Petko Draganov, Deputy Secretary-General of UNCTAD, on the role of the United Nations Inter-Agency Cluster on Trade and Productive Capacity in the system-wide coherence and in the One UN process, with a particular emphasis on Lesotho
13:05-13:20Statement by His Excellency Mr. Temeki Phoenix Tsolo, Minister of Trade and Industry, Cooperatives and Marketing, Lesotho
13:20-13:35Presentation by Ms. Alka Bhatia, Economic Advisor and Head of Strategy and Policy Unit, United Nations Development Programme, Lesotho, on the interface between the Enhanced Integrated Framework and the United Nations Development Assistance Framework in Lesotho: opportunities for implementation of the recommendations in the update of the Diagnostic Trade Integration Study
13:35-14:50Participants' interventions from the floor and interactive debate
14:50-15:00Closing remarks by Ms. Karla Robin Hershey, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Lesotho

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