Samoa Conference Centre

30 – 31 August

SAMOA 2014

The United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) jointly with the host Government of the Independent State of Samoa and the Samoa Chamber of Commerce will convene a two day Private Sector Partnerships Forum at the 2014 Third International Conference on SIDS in Apia, Samoa.  The forum will provide a platform upon which genuine and durable partnerships to support the sustainable development of SIDS can be announced, existing partnerships showcased or scaled up; particularly in six thematic areas. The Forum will also facilitate interaction and networking between senior business and government leaders to enhance private sector partnerships for SIDS and facilitate the sharing of information and best practices within SIDS regarding policies, programmes and practices geared towards strengthening business and industry in the pursuit of sustainable development.


The Forum will be convened over 2 days immediately prior to the Conference.

Venue: Samoa Conference Centre, Apia

Day 1: Plenary sessions focusing on the 6 thematic areas and specific proposals for enhancing, strengthening and implementing private sector partnerships in SIDS.

Day 2: High level session bringing together Government and Business leaders to share experience and solutions; culminating in an outcome document based on partnerships and key messages formulated in Day 1.

Cross-cutting issues concerning: women in business, youth entrepreneurship, informal sector integration, capacity development, ease of doing business, inclusive finance and access to finance will also be discussed throughout the two days.

The Draft Programme for the forum outlines the main structure of the event and will be updated on a regular basis.


Focus will be given to six key areas which are cross-cutting to the challenges that many SIDS face in achieving their sustainable development objectives.


  • Rejuvenate commitments and enhance partnerships of national and regional SIDS private sector stakeholders, Governments and the international community to enhance the private sector’s contribution to sustainable development for SIDS;
  • The identification of the priority concrete actions by SIDS private sectors, including partnerships to be announced at the 2014 SIDS Conference in Samoa ;
  • Interaction between senior business leaders (national and international) and SIDS leaders regarding the way forward to enhance the role of the private sector in SIDS and likewise fostering private sector partnerships;
  • The announcement of a SIDS Global Business Leaders Network


To register for the Private Sector Partnerships Forum, please complete and submit the Registration Form

Accreditation with the United Nations is not required for participation at the Private Sector Partnerships Forum as it is a pre-conference event.

If you also intend to attend the Conference proper (September 1 – 4), you will need to be accredited. For more information please visit the United Nations’ SIDS Conference website


UN-OHRLLS is partnering with the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) which will host the “SS-GATE Matchmaking Space” at the Forum through its flagship programme, South-South Global Assets and Technology Exchange (SS-GATE) .

The SS-GATE Matchmaking Space is designed to bring together local and international companies to facilitate business matches and transactions in key development sectors such as agriculture, clean energy, and water management. The Matchmaking Space seeks to put words into action by boosting productive capacities through the utilization of a market-based mechanism.  To learn more and register, visit the SS-GATE Matchmaking Space website.


For accommodation and background information on Samoa, please visit the Samoa Government’s SIDS Conference website which includes a centralized accommodation booking system.


For more information, contact Mr. Damien Sass: