Monday 28 July

11:00 – 13:00 Inaugural Ceremony

  • Welcome Remarks by H.E. Prof.Nassirou Bako Arifari, Minister for Foreign Affairs, African Integration, Francophonie, and Beninese Abroad ofBenin
    • Statement by the Representative of the UN Secretary General, M. Gyan Chandra Acharya, UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative, UN-OHRLLS
    • Statement  by  H.E. Dr.Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission
    • Opening Address by H.E. Dr.Boni Yayi, President of the Republic of Benin


Signing Ceremony on the South-South Technology Transfer Facility for the Least Developed Countries


Opening Session

  • Statement by H.E Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo y Marfil, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Spain
  • Statement by Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi , Secretary-General, UNCTAD
  • Statement by Mrs. Arancha González, Executive Director, ITC
  • Statement by M. Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, UN Assistant-Secretary-General and Director, Africa Bureau, UNDP
  • Statement by Dr. Ratnakar Adhikari, Executive Director, EIF
  • Statement by M. Yiping Zhou, Special Envoy of the Secretary General on South-South Cooperation, Director, UNOSSC
  • Statement by M. Günter Nooke, German Chancellor’s Personal Representative for Africa


Side events

13:30 – 15:00


  • Indicators for measuring progress in productive-capacity building: new partnerships for addressing productive capacity gaps and limitations in LDCs, – UNCTAD with contribution from the Common Fund