Arab Regional Workshop on Investing in the SDGs through South-South and Triangular Cooperation
30 November-2 December 2020

Interested in learning about South-South investments in the Arab region? Want to learn about challenges and good practices in institutional, policy and legal frameworks that can facilitate greater South-South investments in the region, in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic?

The United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the Middle East and North Africa Public Administration Research Think Tank Network (MENAPAR TTN) are pleased to invite you to a virtual regional workshop on Investing in the SDGs through South-South & Triangular Cooperation Beyond Covid-19: Promoting conducive policy, enabling business and legal environment, and integration in the Arab States Region’. The event will be held from 30 November-2 December 2020.

The virtual Arab World Investment Virtual Workshop will discuss the following sub-topics:

DAY 1: South-South Investments for SDGs: Country and Regional Trends, Experiences & Perspectives 30 Nov, 8.30-11.00am New York Time, 4.30-7pm, Bahrain Time. Zoom link:  

Opening session:

  • H.E. Dr. Sheikh Abdulla Ahmed Al Khalifa, Undersecretary, International Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of Bahrain
  • Mr. Adel Abdellatif, Director a.i., UNOSSC
  • Mr. Khaled Abdel Shafi, Deputy Director a.i., Regional Bureau for Arab States, UNDP
  • Dr. Raed Bin Shams, President, Middle East and North Africa Public Administration Research Think Tank Network (MENAPAR TTN)/ President of Bahrain Institute of Public Administration (BIPA)

Session 1: South-South Investments for SDGs: Country and Regional Trends, Experiences & Perspectives:

Global Perspective

  • Dr. Anida Yupari Aguado, Economic Affairs Officer, Office of the Secretary-General, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

Regional Perspectives

  • Ms. Roula Majdalani, Director, Sustainable Development and Productivity Division, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UNESCWA)
  • Dr. Bahgat Abu El Nasr, Director General of the Arab Economic Integration Department (AEID), League of Arab States
  • Mr. Khaled F. Alkhaled, Regional Manager for International Organization, Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development, State of Kuwait
  • Dr. Ahmed Ghoniem, Professor, Faculty of Economy and Political Science, Cairo University
  • Dr. Heidi Saidi, Director General, Arab Institute for Training and Research in Statistics (AITRS)

Country Perspectives

  • H.E. Amb. Imad Zuhairi, Director General, Palestine International Cooperation Agency, State of Palestine
  • Mr. Malek Al-Breazat, Head of Department of Cooperation with Arab and OIC Institutions, Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
  • Ms. Rima Younes Khatib, Deputy Director, Foreign Affairs Department, Banque du Liban, Lebanese Republic
  • Mr. Ahmed Mohamed Abro, Deputy Director of Social and Cultural Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation Republic of Djibouti

DAY 2: Tuesday, 1 December 2020

Session 2: South-South Investment — Public-Private Partnerships and perspectives
8:30–10:30 New York Time, 4:30-6:30pm Bahrain Time.
Zoom link

Country Perspectives:

  • Amb. Mohamed Methqal, Director General, Moroccan Agency for International Cooperation, Kingdom of Morocco
  • Ms. Manal Omer Ali, Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, Republic of Sudan (title tbc)

Private Sector/Civil Society Perspectives:

  • Ms. Linda Yang, Executive Chairwoman of Yingke Global Board of Directors, Global President of Yingke China Center, China
  • Ms. Leena Al Olaimy, Social Entrepreneur, Co-founder & Executive Chairperson of 3BL Associates, Kingdom of Bahrain
  • Dr. Ali Adnan Ibrahim, First Vice President, Head of Sustainability & Social Responsibility, Al Baraka Banking Group B.S.C. Bahrain
  • Mr. Ahmed Osman, Chairman, International Council for Small Business

IFI Perspectives:

  • Mr. Ahmed Faruk Diken, Senior Technical Cooperation Coordinator (MENA & Europe), Reverse Linkage, Country Strategy & Cooperation Department, Islamic Development Bank

Think-tank/Academia Perspectives:

  • Dr. Bader Almalallah – Director General, Arab Planning Institute, Kuwait (tbc)

Day 3: Wednesday, 2 December 2020

Session 3: Digital Economy and Its Contribution to South-South Investments
8:30–10:30 New York Time, 4:30-6:30pm Bahrain Time

Government Perspectives:

  • Ms. Hanaa Mohamed Shehata, Director-General for Cooperation with Canada, Ministry of International Cooperation, Arab Republic of Egypt
  • Mr. Maslah Abdullahi Wahlie, Director of Arab and Islamic Cooperation Department, National Coordinator on South-South Cooperation, Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, Federal Republic of Somalia

Private Sector & Civil Society Perspectives:

  • Mr. Omar Christidis, CEO and Founder, ArabNet
  • Dr. Khalil Al Amiri, CEO & Partner KPI Associates
  • Dr. Meixiang Zhou, Deputy Director-General, Finance Centre for South-South Cooperation, Hongkong, China

Think-tank/Academia Perspectives: 

  • Dr. Myriam Ramzy, Assistant Professor of Economics, Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University

UN Perspectives:

  • Ms. Farah Choucair, Project Manager and Technical Specialist, UNDP Lebanon

Closing Remarks:

  • Ms. Xiaojun Grace Wang, Deputy Director, UNOSSC
  • Ms. Margarete Thomas, Chief, Effectiveness Group, UNDP

The discussions will help formulate a research agenda to be carried out by the members of the South-South Global Thinkers, with an aim to inform better policy-making to promote investment within the region and beyond.

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