The International Trade Centre (ITC) and UPS today announced a series of training seminars and workshops for women business owners in Mexico, Nigeria, Vietnam and the United Arab Emirates. The workshops contribute to ITC SheTrades’ commitment to connect 3 million women to the global marketplace by 2021 and to UPS’s commitment to women entrepreneurs’ ability to export.
The primary objective of these trainings is to increase participants’ understanding of trade procedures and exporting opportunities, as well as their knowledge of key logistics concepts for exporting. Additionally, the workshops aim to raise awareness among women-owned businesses (WOBs) in the respective countries about the opportunities available through ITC SheTrades and the UPS Women Exporters Program.
According to independent research commissioned by ITC, only one out of five export businesses are led by women. With the same research showing that export-focused small businesses tend to be more successful and that women tend to invest up to 90% of their income in their children’s health and education, helping women entrepreneurs build their export capabilities has the potential to reduce intergenerational cycles of poverty and contribute to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The joint ITC-UPS training will help women entrepreneurs overcome barriers to exporting and support them in increasing their exports. It will also address how to improve the packaging of their goods and better understand complex logistics concepts.
ITC and UPS will work with a range of national partners to deliver the training, including Dubai Exports, the Nigerian Export Promotion Council, Asociación Nacional de Mujeres Empresarias, 10,000 Mújeres por México, COMCE, Vietrade, and the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
To participate in the training, applicants must meet the following criteria: (1a) be an employee of a company at least 30% owned, managed and controlled by a woman or women, or; (1b) be a woman who owns a legally registered and incorporated company; (2) reside in one of the participating countries: www.shetrades.com
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