Tuesday, 25 May

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10 a.m.–12 p.m. (virtual informal meeting)

Thematic panel discussion 2: 
Leveraging the power of science, technology and innovation to fight multidimensional vulnerabilities and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

 
Chairs:
• H.E. Mrs. Marie Chatardová, Permanent Representative of Czech Republic
• H.E. Mr. Perks Master Clemency Ligoya, Permanent Representative of Malawi

Keynote speakers:
• H.E. Mr. Sajeeb Wazed, Information and Communication Technology Affairs Adviser to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh
• Mr. Houlin Zhao, Secretary-General, International Telecommunication Union

Panelists:
• Ms. Thelma Quaye, Head of Digital Infrastructure and Capacity Building, Smart Africa Secretariat
• Dr. Shahid Yusuf, Chief Economist of The Growth Dialogue, George Washington University School of Business and Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins University SAIS
• Mr. Joshua Setipa, Managing Director, Technology Bank for LDCs

Interactive discussion

[Statement]

 

3–5 p.m. (virtual informal meeting)

Thematic panel discussion 3: 
Structural transformation as a driver of prosperity 

Chair:
• H.E. Mr. Taye Atskeselassie Made, Permanent Representative of Ethiopia

Keynote speakers:
• H.E. Mr. Faruk Kaymakci, Deputy Foreign Minister and Director for EU Affairs of Turkey [Statement]
• H.E. Mr. Amadou Hott, Minister of the Economy, Planning and International Cooperation of Senegal (tbc)

Panelists:
• Dr. Agnes Kalibata, Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary General to the Food Systems Summit [Statement]
• Mr. Paul Akiwumi, Director, Division for Africa, Least Developed Countries and Special Programmes of UNCTAD
• Mr. Gauri Pradhan, International Coordinator, LDC Watch [Statement]

Interactive discussion