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South-South Global Assets and Technology Exchange

The South-South Global Assets and Technology Exchange (SS-GATE - is a global platform where entrepreneurs and businesses, i.e. small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), in developing countries can interact and obtain needed technology, assets and finance in a secure environment. SS-GATE facilitates the realization of actual business transactions through a market mechanism, offering both online and on-the-ground support services such as business advisory, consulting, legal, and access to finance. It operates through a global network of participating organizations and institutional members. Currently, SS-GATE has a network of 40 country centres in 32 countries that actively source and list relevant technologies and innovations to the SS-GATE transaction platform. Participation in SS-GATE is regulated through institutional membership.

In short, SS-GATE connects demand and supply from countries of the South, linking investors and capital with the businesses in need of them. Professionally operated, responsive to member interest and international in scope, SS-GATE aims to be the first of its kind in providing a transparent, fair, transactional and sustainable development exchange platform that benefits all Southern countries and contributes to achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

Launched in 2006 by the United Nation Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) hosted in the United Nations Development Programme, SS-GATE started full-fledged operations in November 2008 following a successful pilot. Since that time, SS-GATE has posted listings of more than 4000 transferrable Southern technologies in areas such as agriculture and renewable and clean energy technologies. It has facilitated more than 700 demand-supply matches, and fostered over 200 South-South technology transfer transactions. SS-GATE’s Secretariat is based in Shanghai, China, and operated in partnership with the Shanghai United Asset and Equity Exchange (SUAEE). SS-GATE was recognized in the Nairobi Outcome Document on South-South Cooperation and endorsed by GA resolution 64/222 as an effective South-South Cooperation and public-private partnerships global support system.

Further information about SS-GATE is available from

UNDP China Trilateral and South-South Cooperation


Luisa E. Bernal
Policy Specialist
Trade and Human Development Unit/BDP

In November 2010, UNDP and China signed a Memorandum of Understanding for strengthened South-South cooperation. The work started in 2011, mainly through pilot schemes and experiences’ exchange seminars. As a result, UNDP was able to pilot trilateral cooperation with China and third countries; provide policy advice on global development issues; provide platforms for global south-south dialogue; and help China share its development experience with other developing countries.

UNDP and the Ministry of Commerce of China launched the first joint pilot initiative. Following a request from the Government of Cambodia, 30 Cambodian participants took part in a three week training course on cassava cultivation techniques hosted by the Chinese Academy of Tropical Agriculture Services in Hainan. UNDP undertook a full training needs assessment in Cambodia, provided substantive inputs to the agenda, and fielded an international cassava expert and a member of UNDP Cambodia staff to facilitate during the training. Further work on strengthening Cassava value chain is currently undergoing with additional funding from traditional Official Development Assistance, UNDP and the Government of China.

Another pilot example was the seminar on Financing of Micro and Small Enterprises jointly organized by the International Poverty Reduction Centre in China and UNDP. The seminar brought together government officials and experts from China, Asia and Africa and provided an opportunity for participants to share experiences in the adaptation, improvement and application of micro-financing as a fundamental component in poverty reduction initiatives. The seminar was a pilot of a new form of trilateral cooperation, whereby UNDP’s Africa Bureau and country offices took the lead in identifying beneficiaries.