“Promoting the competitiveness of OACPS SMEs in the Global Market”
The Secretariat of the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) has initiated the organisation of the “OACPS Business Days”, a high-level business event aimed at promoting the economic transformation of the Members of the OACPS through industrialization and private sector engagement. This high-level event was organized in the margins of the 10th Summit of OACPS Heads of State and Government, a was held from 7 to 10 December in Luanda, Angola, under the most prestigious auspices of His Excellency João LOURENҪO, President of the Republic of Angola.
Read the OACPS Luanda Declaration: THREE CONTINENTS, THREE OCEANS, ONE COMMON DESTINY: BUILDING A RESILIENT AND SUSTAINABLE OACPS.
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Redefining the OACPS Private Sector Development Strategy
This workshop was an interactive session through which OACPS Stakeholders were be able to debate the review and updating of the 2015 OACPS Private Sector Development Strategy.
How to facilitate MSMEs’ growth and access to finance?
The workshop sought to identify innovative solutions available to OACPS Micro, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (MSMES) to tackle their investment and funding needs. The same enabled the sharing experiences on new business and financing mechanisms, strategies, practices and models for ACP countries PSD. The panel sought to review financial instruments available and how they can benefit the MSMEs and the growth of their ecosystem.
Developing sustainable agriculture value chains
The session explored opportunities for development of agriculture value chain and discuss good practices being implemented within the OACPS regions with a view to:
- Promoting innovation, technology development/transfer and sustainable business models which enhance diversification and agribusiness value addition
- Increasing intra-OACPS trade andfacilitating access to international markets through the combination of policies and investment that address supply side constraints and new market requirements/trends including the economic, social and environmental sustainability aspects
- Building resilience of regional value chains , by promoting sustainable food systems that delivers food security and nutrition in relation to climate change.