Events & Activities

WTO-ITC High-Level Event on Women and Trade

When: February 24, 2024 – February 25, 2024

Where: The United Arab Emirates

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Join WTO and ITC as women in trade take centre stage at MC13

World Trade Organization (WTO) Members, the WTO Secretariat and the International Trade Centre (ITC) have placed inclusive trade at the forefront of global, regional and national agendas. In 2017, the Buenos Aires WTO Declaration on Trade and Women’s Economic Empowerment was a key milestone in the global women and trade agenda with more than two-thirds of the WTO membership joining the Declaration. In 2021, 134 WTO members and observers established the Informal Working Group on Trade and Gender. At MC12, WTO members recognized the importance of women’s economic empowerment in international trade.

Turning to Aid for Trade, ITC SheTrades Initiative, launched in 2015, has been a key driver in transforming opportunities for women producers and entrepreneurs. ITC SheTrades works with corporations, export promotion agencies, chambers of commerce, financial institutions and trade ministries to create sustainable and scalable impact for women entrepreneurs and producers.

At the 13th Ministerial Conference (MC13), the journey towards an inclusive trading system accelerates. WTO and ITC, in collaboration with the Government of the UAE, will hold a two-day high-level event to celebrate the progress made by women entrepreneurs in international trade and inspire governments and private sector to take bolder actions in their support for the trade and women’s economic empowerment agenda.

WTO and ITC will convene governments, corporations, financial institutions, and thought leaders for a joint high-level event. The high-level event will witness the launch of the WTO-ITC Women Exporters in the Digital Economy (WEIDE) Fund—a pioneering initiative that aims to leverage digitalization to boost the competitiveness of and unlock new markets for women-led businesses. The event also includes a series of thought-provoking panel sessions, networking opportunities, and the ITC SheTrades Innovation Festival.

The Launch of the WEIDE Fund is preceded by the WTO-ITC SheTrades Summit, featuring a programme specially tailored to women entrepreneurs.
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Webinar: Registration of and Procurement from Women-led Businesses

When: October 24, 2023 – October 24, 2023


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Registration of and Procurement from Women-led Businesses Webinar

USD 3 billion. That’s how much the United Nations procures every year.

Ever wondered how much of these are won by women-led businesses?

Join this webinar to learn more about the procurement process and how ITC SheTrades and the UN Secretariat lead the global campaign to boost women’s participation in procurement bids.
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The Role of Digital Trade in the AfCFTA

Webinar: The Role of Digital Trade in the AfCFTA Webinar

When: 09 November 2023



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The Role of Digital Trade in the AfCFTA Webinar

Given the AfCFTA’s potential to foster regional value chains and its ambition to encompass goods, services, intellectual property, competition and investment, it is critical that women are well-positioned to seize opportunities in regional trade. The project, SheTrades: Empowering Women in the African Continental Free Trade Area—Phase  II, contributes to  ITC One Trade Africa strategy on African regional integration. It aims to empower women entrepreneurs to benefit from trade opportunities created by the AfCFTA.

About the webinar
To support women’s business associations in the AfCFTA thrive in the digital era, this webinar will demonstrate what digital trade means in the context of the AfCFTA and how they can benefit from it.

Date and time
09 November 2023 at 14:00 – 15:30 CET
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