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Joint UN Workshop in Support of São Tomé e Príncipe’s Graduation

12 September 2019 - 13 September 2019

Background

This was the first mission of the UN Inter-Agency Task Force on LDC Graduation (IATF) and was led by OHRLLS and DESA in close cooperation with the UN Resident Coordinator and the Country Team in São Tomé e Príncipe. The WTO, ITC, EIF and Technology Bank participated in the mission.

Established in late 2017, the United Nations Task Force on LDC Graduation is chaired by the Director of OHRLLS, Ms. Heidi Schroderus-Fox.It is a group of UN entities, which convene twice a year or more often as needed, with the goal to provide strengthened and coordinated UN system-wide support to the countries graduating from the LDC category.

The Joint UN Workshop in support of the graduation of São Tomé e Príncipe from the category of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) was held in the Palace of Congresses in São Tomé on 12 and 13 September 2019. It was co-organized by the UN Inter-Agency Task Force on LDC Graduation in close collaboration with the Government of São Tomé e Príncipe, the UN Resident Coordinator and sponsored by the Government of Portugal.

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Annotated Programme ENG
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Concept Note ENG
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Summary of DESA Impact AssessmentENG
DESA Impact AssessmentENG
UNCTAD Vulnerability ProfileENG

The Prime Minister of São Tomé e Príncipe opened the Workshop. Several Ministers actively participated as panelists and engaged in the interactive discussions on the impacts of LDC graduation on the economic and social progress of the country. Representatives from over 20 UN agencies and other international and regional organizations attended and contributed. A total of over 100 participants attended the two-day workshop with the majority coming from government ministries, as well as civil society and private sector.

Experts presentations were made by members of the IATF to show the implications of graduation from the LDC category. Some LDC-specific support measures will be phased out, but the impact is expected to be overall relatively mild. On development finance, most of bilateral and multilateral donors have cooperation programs that would not be affected by graduation from the LDC category per se. Discussions also focused on the current economic and social challenges as well as environmental vulnerabilities facing São Tomé e Príncipe. The government requested the UN System to continue supporting the sustainable development efforts of the country and the IATF to assist in the formulation of a smooth transition strategy.

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OPENING SESSION:
Introductory remarks by Ms. Heidi Schroderus-Fox, Director, OHRLLS, and Chair of the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on LDC GraduationENG
Welcome remarks by Ms. Zahira Virani, United Nations Resident CoordinatorPT
Keynote address by H.E. Dr. Jorge Bom Jesus, Prime Minister and Head of Government, São Tomé e Príncipe
SESSION 1: GRADUATION FROM THE LDC CATEGORY: PROCESS AND IMPLICATIONS FOR SÃO TOMÉ E PRÍNCIPE
Moderator: Ms. Heidi Schroderus-Fox, Director, OHRLLS, United Nations
Presentation:
Mr. Roland Mollerus, Chief, Secretariat of the Committee for Development Policy, United Nations
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Panelists:
Ms. Joanna Damiana, Director-General of Planning, Ministry of Finance, Planning and Blue Economy, São Tomé e Príncipe
Ms. Paula Pereira, Chief, Multilateral Department, Foreign Affairs, Portugal
Ms. Katarzyna Wawiernia, Resident Representative, UNDP São Tomé e Príncipe
SESSION 2: LDC GRADUATION AND SMOOTH TRANSITION: ACCESS TO FINANCE AND MOBILIZATION OF RESOURCES
Moderator: Mr. Felisberto Mateus, Economist, African Development Bank
Presentation:
Mr. Roland Mollerus, Chief, Secretariat of the Committee for Development Policy, United Nations
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Panelists:
Mr. Osvaldo Vaz, Minister for Planning, Finance and Blue Economy, São Tomé e Príncipe
Mr. Albert Loussou, Programme Officer, EU delegation in Libreville, European Union
Mr. Rafael Barroso, World BankPT
Mr. Domingos Mazivila, Economist, UNDP São Tomé e Príncipe
SESSION 3: LDC GRADUATION AND SMOOTH TRANSITION: IMPACTS ON TRADE, PRODUCTIVE CAPACITY BUILDING AND ECONOMIC DIVERSIFICATION
Moderator: Mr. Roland Mollerus, Chief, Secretariat of the Committee for Development Policy, United Nations
Presentations:
Mr. Rainer Lanz, Economic Affairs Officer in the Development Division of the World Trade OrganizationPT
Mr. Jonathan Werner, Coordinator for Lusophone Countries, Enhanced Integrated Framework
Panelists:
Ms. Maria Lavres, Minister for Tourism, Culture, Trade and Industry, São Tomé e Príncipe
Mr. Albert Loussou, Programme Officer, EU delegation in Libreville, European Union
Ms. Fernanda Leite, International Trade Center
Ms. Simonne Rose, Technology Bank for the LDCs
Mr. António Aguiar, SOCOGESTA
Mr. Rafael Branco, Agency for Trade and Investment Promotion (APCI)
SESSION 4: REDUCING VULNERABILITY AND ENHANCING RESILIENCE TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Chair: Ms. Heidi Schroderus-Fox, Director, OHRLLS, United Nations
Presentations:
Mr. Adérito Santana, UNDP São Tomé e PríncipePT
Mr. Cesaltino Fernandes, UN-HABITAT São Tomé e PríncipePT
Panelists:
Mr. Osvaldo Abreu, Minister for Public Works, Infrastructure, Natural Resources and Environment
Mr. Roland Mollerus, Chief, Secretariat of the Committee for Development Policy, United Nations Headquarters
SESSION 5: CONCLUSION AND WAY FORWARD
Ms. Heidi Schroderus-Fox, Director, OHRLLS, United Nations
ENG

Ms. Zahira Virani, UN Resident Coordinator, São Tomé e PríncipePT
Ms. Elsa Pinto, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and Communities, São Tomé e Príncipe

Details

Start:
12 September 2019
End:
13 September 2019