Why this panel?
Given the dominance of agriculture in the economy of most ACP countries, increased productivity in the sector will be a key driver and a critical component of inclusive growth. As a source of employment for the majority of ACP populations, agriculture is crucial for poverty reduction and sustainable development. With the large number of young people entering the labour market each year and not finding jobs easily, more effort should be exerted to make agriculture attractive and remunerative for youth as a career opportunity. The speakers will bring the perspective from resilience building, agribusiness development and investment.
Opened by Dr Patrick I. Gomes, ACP Secretary General, the panel will be moderated by Mr Michael Hailu, Director of CTA. Confirmed panellists include the Honourable Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Deputy Prime Minister of Namibia; Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary General of UNCTAD; Mrs. Janet Sape, Executive Director of PNG Women in Business; Mr. Peter Seligmann, CEO of Conservation International; and H.E. Pa'olelei Luteru, Ambassador of Samoa to the ACP Group.
Press review after the event:
iWitness News “Agriculture increasingly important to ACP countries” by Kenton X. Chance, 30 May 2016
NBC Papua New Guinea “NBC News - Sustainable agriculture” by Mickey Kavera, 30 May 2016
Pasifik “The World Risks Running Out Of Food: Expert” by Pita Ligaiula/PACNEWS, 1 June 2016