Call for Proposals
“The interdependence of the whole world must guide our roadmap.” Isabelle Durant, Deputy Secretary-General, UNCTAD
See below for descriptions of Conference Tracks and for Submission Requirements
Conference dates: April 7-8, 2022.
Deadline: February 1, 2022
Presenter’s name and company affiliation.
Conference Topic (Supply Chain, Climate Change, COVID-19, Sustainable Development) See below for descriptions.
Current business issues and impact on the community. The document should be a one-page to five-page summary of the topic; Microsoft Word, 12 point font, double-spaced.
Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo (Democratic Republic of the, Congo, Republic of the), Cote d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia (The), Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
The pandemic uncovered problems in the supply chain in virtually all industries, especially for companies that had single-source suppliers in other countries. Shipping costs are still skyrocketing, which is raising serious inflationary concerns. This negatively impacts food insecurity in SIDS (Small Island Developing States). Problems with production include new industrialization and increasing nationalism.
Small, developing countries are not the cause of climate change, but they are the ones suffering the most. For many countries, climate change is an existential threat, especially if the 1.5C degree limit of the Paris Accord is not reached. Climate change, trade, and peace are linked: climate change negatively affects production, and decreased national revenue leads to unrest.
COVID19 debt for healthcare, vaccines, and PPE will hamper future development and push countries back into poverty, and make it more difficult for them to hit sustainable development goals. Many small countries lost 50% to 70% of their revenue due to the pandemic, exacerbating the difficulty of meeting healthcare and education needs.
There are massive opportunities for FDI into Africa. While exports of developed countries have returned to pre-pandemic levels, developed countries have reached only 6% of pre-pandemic levels. The African Free Trade Market and increased multilateralism within Africa and between Africa and the Caribbean can increase sustainable development.
Entrepreneurship is the driver of many economies, but the power of large tech companies hinders the work of small businesses and hampers creativity. An important issue for discussion is what are the best methods to encourage entrepreneurship in Africa? There is not a global framework for corporate tax for countries to obtain revenue based on the activity that occurs in their countries, which represents an unfair disadvantage against entrepreneurs.