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15 March 2024, 08:30 - 16:30 Indochina Time / Bangkok | By invitation only

Apollo Ballroom, 2nd Floor, Liberty Central Saigon Riverside Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Inclusive Business in Agriculture and Food Systems National Investment Forum Viet Nam

To meet the ambitions of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the private sector will need to play a greater role. Inclusive businesses are companies that: “provide goods, services, and livelihoods on a commercially viable basis, either at scale or scalable, to people living at the base of the economic pyramid making them part of the value chain of companies’ core business as suppliers, distributors, retailers, or customers.” 

There are valuable models of inclusive business - many agribusinesses - across Asia and the Pacific that are commercially viable and have social impact at scale. By providing capacity building and technical assistance, inclusive business models promote MSME development in agribusiness and support smallholder farmers and MSMEs integrate into regional and global value chains. Inclusive businesses are supporting sustainable and inclusive economic growth through digital transformation by harnessing technologies to improve production and link farmers and MSMEs to global markets, and through business innovations that create entrepreneurship opportunities.  

Access to finance remains an issue for many inclusive businesses seeking to expand their operations or deepen their impact. This national investment forum organized by ESCAP, with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and in collaboration with the Agency for Enterprise Development, Ministry of Planning and Investment, Viet Nam, seeks to identify opportunities to invest in and finance inclusive business models and facilitate the realisation of such opportunities.  

 

Objectives  

The national investment forum for inclusive business in agriculture has the following objectives:     

  • To share practical knowledge and tools that will support inclusive business gain recognition, access resources, and strengthen their impact.   

  • To provide a platform for networking between investors, governments agencies, development partners and firms.   

  • To showcase inclusive business models in agriculture and food systems in Viet Nam and abroad. 

 

Participants   

The forum will welcome from 70 - 100 participants including business leaders, impact investors, government agencies, financial institutions, development partners, and inclusive business facilitators. Simultaneous translation will be available.  

Expressions of interest in participation are currently open.

To learn more, please contact Mr. Ishraq Fazal (email: [email protected]), with copy to Mr. Ignacio Javier Blanco (email: [email protected]).

for more information, please contact

Trade, Investment and Innovation Division +66 2 288-1234 [email protected]
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