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The UNDP Round Tables and the private sector : an issue paper


  • Jacques Loup



UNDP Round Tables have been traditionally used to facilitate the dialogue between recipient governments, chiefly in the least developed countries (LDCs), and their main donors. In this document, written for UNDP as part of an evaluation of its Round Table process, we investigate the possibilities of using this mechanism also to encourage external private flows and to promote the development of the local private sector. We first look at the evolution of the financial resources going to LDCs and Round Tables countries and investigate the reasons these countries have not benefited as much as others from the recent increase in private sector financing. We then present the main ideas that came out of interviews we had on these issues with representatives of the private sector in developed countries. An analysis of the role of UNDP and UN agencies in promoting private investment through the Round Table process is then carried out. We conclude by making a few recommendations with regards to possible modifications of the Round Table process to attain the proposed objectives. _________________________________ Traditionnellement, les Tables Rondes du PNUD ont été utilisées pour faciliter le dialogue entre les gouvernements des pays receveurs, principalement parmi les pays les moins avancés (PMA) et leur principaux bailleurs de fonds. Dans ce document, écrit pour le PNUD comme contribution à une évaluation de son processus des Tables Rondes, nous étudions les possibilités d’utiliser aussi ce mécanisme pour encourager les flux privés extérieurs et pour promouvoir le développement du secteur privé local. Nous regardons d’abord l’évolution des ressources financières des PMA et des pays de Table Ronde et analysons les raisons pour lesquelles ces pays n’ont pas bénéficié autant que les autres de l’accroissement récent des financements privés. Nous présentons ensuite les principales idées émergeant d’entretiens que nous avons eu sur ces questions avec des représentant du secteur privé de pays développés. Une analyse du rôle du PNUD et des agences des Nations Unies dans la promotion des investissements privés à travers le processus des Tables Rondes est ensuite effectuée. Nous concluons par quelques recommandations quant à des modifications possibles du processus des Tables Rondes afin d’atteindre les objectifs proposés.

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  • Jacques Loup, 2000. "The UNDP Round Tables and the private sector : an issue paper," Working Papers DT/2000/01, DIAL (Développement, Institutions et Mondialisation).
  • Handle: RePEc:dia:wpaper:dt200001

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    Foreign Aid; International Policy Coordination; Transmission; International Financial Markets;

    JEL classification:

    • F35 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Aid
    • F42 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - International Policy Coordination and Transmission
    • G15 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - International Financial Markets


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