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High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development

27-28 June 2005, UN Headquarters, New York

Roundtables, General Assembly, fifty-ninth session

Tuesday, 28 June 2005

Roundtable 1. Mobilizing domestic financial resources for development

The Co-Chairmen, H.E. Mr. József Berényi, Secretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovakia, and H.E. Mr. John Wasielewski, Director, Office of Development Credit, USAID Bureau for Economic Growth, Agriculture and Trade (United States), opened the meeting and made introductory statements.

An interactive discussion ensued with the participation of the representatives of: Australia, Japan, Cambodia, Lithuania, Syrian Arab Republic, Canada, Switzerland and Mozambique; United Nations Development Fund for Women and United Nations Economic Commission for Europe; and African Business Roundtable, Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services, Center of Concern, African Development Programme and Sisters of Mercy.

The Co-Chairmen summarized the discussion of the roundtable.

Roundtable 2. Mobilizing international resources for development: foreign direct investment and other private flows

The Co-Chairmen, H.E. The Honourable Baledzi Gaolathe, Minister of Finance and Development Planning of Botswana, and H.E. Mr. Datuk Mustapa Mohamed, Minister in the Prime Minister Department of Malaysia, opened the meeting.

An interactive discussion ensued with the participation of the representatives of: Peru, Senegal, Tunisia, Cuba, Turkey, Azerbaijan, United States, Hungary, Namibia, Tuvalu, South Africa and Serbia and Montenegro;International Organization for Migration and Asian Development Bank; United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, World Bank and United Nations Office of the High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States; and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Economic, Financial Policy Forum, Universidad Autónoma de México, External Compliance Office Inc. and Global Institute for Partnership and Governance of the World Economic Forum.

The Co-Chairmen summarized the discussion of the roundtable.

Roundtable 3. International trade as an engine for development

The Co-Chairmen, H.E. Mr. Fernando Canales, Minister of Economy of Mexico, and H.E. Mrs. Fayza Aboulnaga, Minister for International Cooperation of Egypt, opened the meeting and made introductory statements.

An interactive discussion ensued with the participation of the representatives of: United Republic of Tanzania, Denmark, New Zealand, Guyana, Kazakhstan and United States; Commonwealth Secretariat and European Commission; World Trade Organization, World Bank, United Nations Development Programme and United Nations Conference on Trade and Development; and International Chamber of Commerce, Third World Network, Securities Industry Association, Common Fund for Commodities and Third World Institute.

The Co-Chairmen summarized the discussion of the roundtable.

Roundtable 4. Increasing international financial and technical cooperation for development

The Co-Chairmen, H.E. Mr. Jean-Louis Schiltz, Minister for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Action of Luxembourg, and H.E. Mr. Vonsey Vissoth, Deputy Secretary-General of the Ministry of Economy and Finance of the Kingdom of Cambodia, made introductory remarks.

An interactive discussion ensued with the participation of the representatives of: Brazil, France, Uruguay, Germany, United Kingdom, Nicaragua, Zambia, Japan, United States, Slovenia, Austria, Spain, Italy and Bangladesh; Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations; and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, European Commission, Samuels Associates and Réseau camerounais des journalistes contre le sida.

The Co-Chairmen summarized the discussion of the roundtable.

Roundtable 5. External debt

The Co-Chairmen, H.E. Mr. Errol Cort, Minister of Finance and Economy of Antigua and Barbuda, and Mr. Frans Godts, Director, International Relations of Belgium, opened the meeting.

An interactive discussion ensued with the participation of the representatives of: Ghana, Mozambique, United States, Guinea, Switzerland, Kyrgyzstan, Russian Federation, Ireland and Japan; Organization of Islamic Conference; United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs and World Bank; and Cuban Economists’ Association, International Chamber of Commerce, Securities Industry Association, Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Norwegian Church Aid, Kenya Private Sector Alliance and Initiative for Policy Dialogue.

The Co-Chairman, H.E. Mr. Errol Cort, Minister of Finance and Economy of Antigua and Barbuda, summarized the discussion of the roundtable.

Roundtable 6. Addressing systemic issues: enhancing the coherence and consistency of the international monetary, financial and trading systems in support of development

The Co-Chairmen, H.E. Ms. Hilde Johnson, Minister of International Development of Norway, and H.E. Ms. Ana Hrastović, Vice-Minister of Finance of Croatia, opened the meeting and made introductory statements.

An interactive discussion ensued with the participation of the representatives of: Indonesia, United States, Jamaica, Netherlands, Barbados, Finland, India, United Republic of Tanzania, Bahamas and South Africa; Commonwealth Secretariat; United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs, World Bank, International Monetary Fund and United Nations Development Programme; and Center of Concern, UBUNTU, Friedrich Ebert Foundation, WEDO and Millennium Development Campaign.

The Co-Chairperson, H.E. Ms. Hilde Johnson, Minister of International Development of Norway, summarized the discussion of the roundtable.

 
 
 

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