Fair Trade, International Trade and Economic Development: Belgian Entrepreneurs meet South Entrepreneurs | YET

CONFERENCE: FAIR TRADE, INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS AND GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

 

As part of the Belgian Fair Trade Week (Semaine du commerce équitable), the conference emphasizes on the support to the private sector, in particularly entrepreneurship, in developing Fair Trade as part of International Business.

We believe that entrepreneurial support in the north -from Brussels-based individuals/organizations- combined with entrepreneurial initiatives in the south related to Fair Trade would enhance private sector role involvement in the international business, with the necessary support of digitalization, in the context of 17 SDGs.

We are pleased to invite participants to discuss and debate challenges and solutions facing fair trade entrepreneurs in the context of international business, global entrepreneurship, private sector role, 17 SDGs, digitalization, financing…

 

CONFERENCE AGENDA: 16.00-22.00

15.30- Accueil

16.00-16.30 Introductory remarks (French)

  1. Enabel/TDC-Samuel Poos (Coordinator) confirmed
  2. Région Brussels Capital-Pascal Smet (Secrétaire d'Etat, chargé des Relations européennes et internationales, du Commerce extérieur Ministre Commerce Extérieur et Aide au Développent) accepted
  3. Commune St-Josse-Emir Kir (Bourgmestre) accepted
  4. BECI-Olivier Willocx (CEO) confirmed
  5. ACP Alec Singh (CTO) confirmed
  6. EPFC/Department of Commerce Extérieur-Dr Sed SAAD (Professor/Organizer)

CONFERENCE PART I: 16.30-18.30

16.30-17.30 Session 1 Perspective du Nord : Commerce extérieur et Commerce équitable (English/French)

  1. Région Brussels Capital-Pascal Smet (Secrétaire d'Etat, chargé des Relations européennes et internationales, du Commerce extérieur Ministre Commerce Extérieur et Aide au Développent) accepted
  2. International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)-Mathieu Maes (Secretary General) confirmed
  3. Agence pour le Commerce extérieur (ACE) -Didier De Baere (Deputy Director General) confirmed
  4. Fairtrade Nicolas Lambert (Director) confirmed
  5. Moderator BECI-Olivier Willocx (CEO) confirmed

17.30-18.30 Session 2 Perspective du Sud : Commerce extérieur et Commerce équitable (English)

  1. ACP-Viwanou Gnassounou (Sous-Secrétaire général en charge du Département du Développement Economique Durable et Commerce) confirmed
  2. Ambassador of Vanuatu, Mr John Licht (Ambassador to EU, UK, Belgium & France) confirmed
  3. Ambassador of Suriname, Mrs. Sieglien O.R. Burleson confirmed
  4. Ambassador of Uganda, Mrs Mirjam Blaak confirmed
  5. Ambassador of ACP coutries (TBC)
  6. ACP Junior Lodge ( International Trade Expert) confirmed
  7. Moderator ACP Dr Pendo Maro confirmed

18.30-19.00 Break

CONFERENCE PART II: 19.00-21.00

19.00-20.30 session 3A Rôle de l’Entrepreneur du Nord et du Sud dans le Commerce équitable (English/French)

  1. Fondation Roi Baudouin-Briers Elke & Hervé Lisoir (Coordination Afrique & pays en développement) confirmed
  2. Fairtrade-Charles Snoeck accepted
  3. 1819- Benoît Proot (conseiller) confirmed
  4. BNP Paribas-Guy Pollentier (Sustainable Business) confirmed
  5. Microstart-Roxane Lemercier confirmed
  6. Panelist (TBC)
  7. Moderator EPFC/Department of Commerce Extérieur-Dr Sed SAAD (Professor/Organizer)

19.00-20.30 session 3B Nord et Sud : Commerce équitable, aide au développement et développement économique (English)

  1. World Fair Trade Organization – Europe-Francesca Giubilo (Regional Coordinator) confirmed
  2. ACP Dr Oumar Seck "Business ACP" confirmed
  3. ULB - Andrew Bradley (fellow, former ACP Assistant Secretary General )
  4. Ghent University Prof. Dr. J. Orbie (Director of the Centre for EU Studies)
  5. Panelist (TBC)
  6. Moderator: Fair Trade Advocacy Office-Sergi Corbalán (Executive Director) confirmed confirmed

CONFERENCE PART III: 20.30-22.00

20.30-21.00 Concluding Remarks and open interaction with audience (English/French)

  1. Ghent University Prof. Dr. J. Orbie (Director of the Centre for EU Studies)
  2. EPFC/Department of Commerce Extérieur-Dr Sed SAAD (Professor/Organizer)

21.00-22.00 Reception and networking

INSCRIPTIONS 

EPFC

19 Avenue de l'Astronomie

1210 Saint-Josse-ten-Noode