february 2018

feb4 - 5All DayTechnical Workshop on Private Sector Engagement through Development Co-operation(All Day) Dhaka, BangladeshEvent Type :Global PartnershipLearn More


Realizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development requires unprecedented and diverse resources – public and private, domestic and international. Governments around the world are increasingly conscious that the first step to building more inclusive and prosperous societies is to ensure that businesses deliver for society in order to enhance their full economic potential.

The Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC), a partnership of governments, private sector, civil society, international organisations and others, promotes effective development cooperation in sup-port of sustainable development. As part of one of its workstreams, it generates evidence on how private sector engagement through development co-operation – financial and otherwise – delivers shared value for the people most in need and the private sector. It facilitates evidence-based and inclusive country dialogue on the drivers of effective private sector engagement (PSE) that is mobilized through the diverse modalities of development co-operation – from research, knowledge and information sharing to policy dialogue, technical assistance and capacity building, to finance.

The work of the Global Partnership on PSE will inform global guidelines for effective private sector engagement through development co-operation. A draft country case study will be the basis for discussion.

This workshop is hosted by the Economic Relations Division, Ministry of Finance of the Government of Bangladesh, Co-Chair of the Global Partnership, and co-organised with the ICC Bangladesh and the Global Partnership Secretariat, and with generous support from the Government of Germany.


  • Identify positive examples and real opportunities to harness the ingenuity of small and medium-sized enterprises, and other domestic and multinational corporations in Bangladesh through development co-operation to contribute to sustainable development and grow business.
  • Examine the most pressing concerns for private sector engagement in Bangladesh and how stakeholders across sectors can address concerns together.

Speakers / Panelists

The workshop will bring together representatives of the following groupings for an informal and frank dialogue at eye level: the Government of Bangladesh, SMEs, large domestic and transnational firms; business associations, civil society organisations, trade unions, parliamentarians, foundations, research institutes and Bangladesh’s key international development partners.

A number of representatives from neighbouring countries will share experiences to promote peer learning.