ITC @ WTO Public Forum 2022
The ITC contributions are aligned with the Forum’s three subthemes: Leveraging technology for an inclusive recovery; Delivering a trade agenda for a sustainable future; and Framing the future of trade.
At this year's WTO Public Forum, the International Trade Centre shares concrete actions in support of an inclusive and resilient recovery for small businesses, including those led by women and young people. The Forum takes place from 27-30 September with the theme Towards a sustainable and inclusive recovery: ambition to action.
Small firms: The future of trade
ITC corporate booth
27-30 September – WTO Delegates Lounge
Digital connectivity brings access to technologies, tools and services.
Learn what ITC does to support inclusive trade: women, youth, small businesses
Product displays: ITC SheTrades entrepreneurs
Organizer: ITC, supported by the UK Institute of Export & International Trade
28-30 September – WTO CR Lobby
Women entrepreneurs from Bangladesh, Mexico, Rwanda, and Uruguay showcase their products and are onsite to share their entrepreneurial journeys.
27 September 2022
This session explores key digital platforms and resources designed specifically to assist MSMEs in making informed and sustainable business decisions, getting access to finance, finding the right business partners, and successfully completing their export transaction. It looks at concrete tools and initiatives that focus on connecting MSMEs to regional and global markets.
H.E. José Luis Cancela
Ángel Villalobos Rodriguez
The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is set to change Africa’s production and trade landscape. To ensure sustainable gains from the Agreement, complementary interventions will be required to support Africa’s MSMEs to compete in a new green world. How can African policymakers set the rules of the game to ensure that implementation of the AfCFTA furthers sustainability goals? What supports are required to ensure that African MSMEs can go green? How can Africa’s business support organisations be strengthened to enhance their sustainability offering to MSMEs?
Ms. Dorothy Tembo
29 September 2022
Addressing the climate crisis should be at the core of any economic recovery plan. The debate will bring together leading representatives from international organisations, the private sector and academia, to discuss how trade can accelerate the transition to a net-zero future. The panel will discuss how trade rules can be strengthened to address the environmental challenges the world is facing. The panellists will also deliberate on the need for a coordinated approach amongst governments.
The objective of the panel is to showcase the importance of women entering traditionally male-dominated sectors, and to understand the barriers and opportunities they face within these fields. We are also looking at underlying reasons why there is a dearth of women working in the world’s most profitable sectors such as STEM fields, automotive industries, aerospace, manufacturing, and finance.
Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
Jessica Madrid Lugo
The launch session is followed by a cocktail.
Four sectors are key to a services-led transformation, “connected services”. ICT, transport and logistics, financial and business and professional services directly contribute to economic growth with an increasing share of output, trade and jobs. They also contribute indirectly by making other firms more competitive and connecting them to global value chains and digital innovations. Most small firms in developing countries do not have easy access to connected services. This session explores how large companies, policymakers and business support organizations can change this reality, invest more in services, and lay the foundations for an inclusive, services-led transformation
Placing women at the heart of our efforts to ‘build back better’ can help ensure a sustainable and inclusive recovery. Governments spend $9 trillion USD on public procurement every year; however, women account for only 1% of public procurement opportunities worldwide. This event will focus on supporting increased women’s participation in public procurement globally. Panellists will share the experiences of their countries and discuss lessons learned to facilitate knowledge sharing and inspire countries interested in creating new programmes.