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INVITATION: ACP, FAO, CTA side event at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, the UN FAO and the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), will be organising a joint side event at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 13-17 July.
The event will focus on Financing Investments and Agribusiness for Food and Nutrition Security: Public and Private Sector Coordination.
This high-level panel will discuss the importance of private and public sector investments in the agrifood sector which benefit small-scale farmers, SMEs and value chain actors. It will highlight a mutisectoral approach, including policy support, finance and capacity building for value chain actors.
The panel will address various approaches ranging from policy support at country level; the operationalization of the policy framework for enhanced, structured engagement of aid programs with the private sector; the need to leverage private finance in development and what mechanisms are in place to support SMEs in the agrifood sector and the need to support inclusive and profitable value chains.
The high-level panelists will provide examples of success and demonstrate how transformative public-private partnerships can lead the way towards the economic transformation of Africa. The panel discussion will be conducted in interactive format.
Date: 14 July 2015, 1:15 pm - 2:45 pm
Venue: Jupiter Conference Hall - Jupiter Hotel, Addis Ababa
Opening remarks:
Patrick Ignatius Gomes
Secreatry-General of the ACP Group of States
José Graziano da Silva
Director-General, FAO
Tefera Derbew
Minister of Agriculture, Ethiopia
Neven Mimica (tbc)
EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development
Pim van Ballekom
Vice President, European Investment Bank
Pierre van Hedel
President, Rabobank Foundation
Andreas Proksch
Director General, Africa Department, GIZ
Michael Hailu
Director of CTA
For inquiries regarding this side event, please contact: 
Isolina Boto, boto@cta.int, +32470996484
Mustapha Sinacoeur, mustapha.sinacoeur@fao.org
Susan Minae, susan.minae@fao.org
Bagnenou Lamien, lamien@acp.int

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