ITC @ 13th WTO Ministerial Conference


    The World Trade Organization's 13th Ministerial Conference (MC13) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates brings together Ministers from across the world to review the functioning of the multilateral trading system and to take action on the future work of the WTO. 


    The International Trade Centre (ITC) supports MC13 with contributions to discussions and practical solutions for a more inclusive trading system. ITC activities include the WTO-ITC SheTrades Summit featuring the launch of the Women Exporters in the Digital Economy (WEIDE) Fund. ITC will also contribute to the IISD Trade and Sustainability Hub, the TradeTech Forum 2024, the UAE MC13 MSME side event, as well as discussions on trade facilitation and WTO accession.   

    Date & location
    24–29 February 2024

    Abu Dhabi


    Saturday, 24 February – Sunday, 25 February
    WTO-ITC High-Level Event on Women and Trade
    09:00 - 18:00
    WTO-ITC SheTrades Summit
    The two-day event for women entrepreneurs and other changemakers, featuring high-level discussions and new initiatives.

    Panels: Women reshaping global trade, trailblazing a green and digital transition, building inclusive supply chains, gender-sensitive trade facilitation

    Campaign launch: Gender-responsive public procurement

    Innovation Festival: Competition for young women entrepreneurs, with numerous public and private sector sponsors

    Masterclasses: green, digital trade, intellectual property

    Partnership initiatives: UPS Foundation, FCDO and Unilever, Maersk

    Launch: SheTrades Hub, Middle East and North Africa

    New reports: Compendium on women in finance, data on women in trade
    Saturday, 24 February
    12th China Round Table on WTO Accessions
    14:00 - 15:30
    What's next? Translating into Policy Action and Technical Assistance/Capacity building support
    Devika Rajeev
    Associate Programme Officer, Trade Policy Trade Facilitation and Policy for Business, ITC
    Sunday, 25 February
    Arab Countries Trade and Investment Organizations Network (ACTION) meeting
    The establishment of ACTION under the Aid for Trade Initiative for the Arab States (AfTIAS) Program marked a pivotal step towards fostering Arab regional integration. ACTION emerged from the collective ambition of Arab nations to enhance their trade and investment landscape, driven by a mutual commitment to prosperity and interconnectedness within the region. One of the goals of this meeting in the margins of MC13 is to develop a roadmap for the network.
    Monday, 26 February
    15:30 - 16:30
    Role of Agritech in Contributing to Sustainability and Food Security
    Many emerging economies, in particular the least advanced ones, face challenges in ensuring food security and that have been made worse by climate change, covid and, more recently, shortages and price hikes in inputs related to supply chain disruptions. By leveraging digital technologies applied to agricultural production and distribution, known as agritech, countries can unlock opportunities to transform their agro-food sector and contribute to development.
    H.E. Geoffrey van Leeuwen
    Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation
    Pamela Coke-Hamilton
    Executive Director, International Trade Centre
    Dr. Sjaak Wolfert
    Theme Ambassador Digital Innovation in Agri-Food, Wageningen University & Research (WUR)
    Stella Lugalambi
    Director Business, Hamwe East Africa
    Tuesday, 27 February
    09:00 - 10:00
    Room B (livestream)
    IISD Trade and Sustainability Hub 2024 Opening Session
    Can We Find Our Way Back to Cooperation? What to expect – and not expect – of MC13

    The ITC Executive Director is part of this scene-setting plenary.

    For participation in this and other IISD Trade and Sustainability Hub 2024 sessions hosted by ITC and partners in person at the Pearl Rotana Hotel Abu Dhabi or online, please register here: https://iisd.swoogo.com/trade-and-sustainability-hub-2024
    Ms. Pamela Coke-Hamilton
    Executive Director, International Trade Centre (ITC)
    Helene Budliger Artieda
    State Secretary, SECO
    Nathalie Bernasconi
    Senior Director, Economic Law and Policy, IISD
    Seruwagi Jane Nalunga
    Executive Director, Southern and Eastern Africa Trade Information and Negotiations Institute (SEATINI) Uganda
    10:00 - 11:00
    TradeTech Forum 2024 panel: How do we boost the TradeTech ecosystem?
    Join the ITC Executive Director and global business leaders for the World Economic Forum’s inaugural event.
    12:00 - 13:00
    ADNEC, Room B
    IISD Trade and Sustainability Hub 2024: Delivering Deforestation-free Global Value Chains: How do we allocate the burden of change?
    Delivering Deforestation-free Global Value Chains: How do we allocate the burden of change?

    Hosted by ITC, UNEP and WRI – ADNEC, Room B
    Mathieu Lamolle
    Senior Advisor Sustainability Standards, ITC
    Fred Stolle
    Deputy Director, World Resources Institute
    Peter Andreas Nielsen
    Impact Investment Manager, Common Fund for Commodities
    14:15 - 15:15
    TradeTech Forum 2024 - ITC Roundtable on Enabling MSME trade through technology and innovation
    17:00 - 18:00
    Pearl Rotana Hotel Abu Dhabi, Room C
    IISD Trade and Sustainability Hub 2024: Making Use of the Investment Facilitation for Development (IFD) Agreement to Attract Sustainable and Inclusive FDI
    Making Use of the Investment Facilitation for Development (IFD) Agreement to Attract Sustainable and Inclusive FDI

    Hosted by ITC, World Economic Forum and the Permanent Mission of Chile to the WTO – Pearl Rotana Hotel Abu Dhabi, Room C
    Axel Berger
    Deputy Director, German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS)
    Maria Sonsoles Garcia Leon
    Minister of Production, Foreign Trade, Investments and Fisheries, Ecuador
    Sofia Boza
    Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Chile to the WTO
    Wednesday, 28 February
    09:30 - 10:00
    SME MC13 Side event: Fireside chat with the ITC Executive Director
    Hosted by the Government of the United Arab Emirates at ADNEC
    10:30 - 11:30
    Room B (livestream)
    IISD Trade and Sustainability Hub 2024: Building Inclusive Policies for Sustainable and Fair Trade: A forum for action and commitment
    Escipión Oliveira Gómez
    Director, Division of Enterprise Competitiveness and Institutions, ITC
    Sophie Aujean
    Director of Global Advocacy, Fairtrade International
    14:00 - 14:45
    SME MC13 Side event: Inclusion, Equity & Diversity
    Workshop with Raimund Moser, Chief, Women, Youth and Vulnerable Communities, ITC

    WTO-ITC High-Level Event on Women and Trade

    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.

    Some key programme events:
    24 February

    Fireside Conversation - 10:30-12:45 (Panel session)
    Masterclass 1 - Elevate Your Competitive Edge with Sustainability
    Masterclass 2 - Enhancing Market Opportunities through New Technologies
    Masterclass 3 - Leveraging Intellectual Property Right for Global Competitiveness

    25 February

    Industry Visits to Masdar City
    Joint WTO-ITC High Level Event on the Launch of the WEAF: Welcome Remarks and Opening Ceremony
    Launch of the WTO-ITC Women Exporters Accelerator Fund - 14:30-15:00
    From Barriers to Breakthroughs: Narrowing the gender-financing gap - 15:00-15:30 (Panel session)
    Trade Policy and Public Procurement Policy: Zooming on Women’s Economic Empowerment - 15:30-16:00 (Panel session)
    SheTrades Innovation Festival - 16:00-17:30

    For more details, please follow the link below.