Monday 13 July, 2020

UNCTAD 15 Conference in Barbados postponed due to COVID-19

Barbados made history when it won the bid to host the fifteenth session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD 15).

However, due to COVID-19, it has been postponed.

The new dates are still to be announced.

The 15th UNCTAD quadrennial conference was to be held in Bridgetown, Barbados.

On UNCTAD's website, it said, 'The conference was originally scheduled from October 18 to October 23, 2020, but had to be postponed due to challenges posed by coronavirus pandemic. New dates will be communicated later.

'The quadrennial conference is the highest decision-making body of UNCTAD at which member states make assessments of current trade and development issues, discuss policy options and formulate global policy responses.'

Barbados was to host the 15th UNCTAD quadrennial conference, while the United Arab Emirates (UAE) were to host the World Investment Forum and the first eCommerce Week for Asia in Abu Dhabi. The two countries were set to co-chair this year's events.

UNCTAD’s Trade and Development Board unanimously endorsed the two countries’ generous offers on June 25, 2019.

“The two countries’ agreement to co-host our main global gatherings next year demonstrates south-south cooperation,” UNCTAD Secretary-General Dr Mukhisa Kituyi said. 

Barbados and the United Arab Emirates had made separate offers to host the quadrennial conference but mutually agreed to co-host the events.

“I thank them for their leadership in arriving at this win-win solution that expresses mutual respect between the two countries,” Dr Kituyi said.

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