Monthly Archives:October 2019

WTO Public Forum 2019

16 Oct 19
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Christian Kingombe, 4IP Group Managing Partner, was a panellist at the WTO Public Forum 2019 Session 24 on Wednesday the 9th of October 2019 entitled:

Services: A key enabler for agriculture trade

co-organized by Center for Socioeconomic Development (CSEND) and
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

This working session  explored linkages between services and agriculture, and the role WTO rules can play for the promotion of SDG2 (“ending hunger”). Discussion  focused on the role of services for sustainable growth in agriculture productivity and value addition, especially in poor developing countries, small farmers and women operators in national, regional and global marketplaces.
During the session, the panellists explored which services are important at all stages of the food value chain, from the credit farmers need to invest in inputs, through to risk management, processing and distribution of finished goods. It  also included case studies and examples from poor developing countries, on how various services enhance their agriculture sector, particularly for value-addition and export markets. Dr.Kingombe especially focused his presentation on Transport and Logistics Services within both SADC and the AfCFTA.

4IP Group supports Timor-Leste

07 Oct 19
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Thibaut Mourgues, 4IP Managing Partner, completed in September a study about infrastructure prioritisation in Timor-Leste. This assignment funded by European Union identified the main areas where Timor-Leste is lagging with regards to the Sustainable Development Goals and proposed an infrastructure prioritization framework.  Timor-Leste has benefited in the recent years of oil revenues that have allowed for partial reconstruction after independence in 2002 but with the depletion of the existing fields, the current Government is feeling the need to make sure public investment is optimized and geared toward economic and social development.  High moment of the field work was a meeting with the Prime Minister, Taur Matan Ruak, together with EU Ambassador Alexandre Leitao.