Trade Forum Features

Agenda from 15 June 2014

3 July 2014
ITC News

Upcoming ITC events
15-17 September ITC in cooperation with Rwanda Development Board hosts the World Export Development Forum (WEDF) and Women Vendors Exhibition and Forum (WVEF), Kigali, Rwanda
4-5 November ITC in cooperation with Dubai Export hosts 10th Trade Promotion Organization (TPO) Network World Conference, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Key events in 2014
14-15 June Commemorative Summit on the 50th Anniversary of the Group of 77, Santa Cruz, Bolivia
16 June 50th Anniversary of United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Geneva
20 June The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) marks World Refugee Day
13-15 July Y20 - Youth summit of the G20, Brisbane, Australia
16 July Italy takes over the presidency of the European Union.
17-18 July B20 Summit, Brisbane, Australia
19 July G20 Ministerial meeting, Sydney, Australia
5-6 August United States-Africa Leaders’ Summit, Washington, DC, United States
30-31 August Small Island Development States (SIDS) Business Forum/Private Sector Forum, Apia, Samoa
1-4 September Third SIDS Conference, Apia, Samoa
5 September Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Small and Medium Enterprises Ministers Meeting (SMEMM), Nanjing, China
5-6 September Russian G20 Leaders Summit, St Petersburg, Russian Federation
16 September United Nations General Assembly meeting, New York City, United States
23 September United Nations Private Sector Forum (Global Compact), New York City, United States
28 September World Economic Forum on the Middle East, North Africa and Eurasia, Istanbul, Turkey
1-3 October World Trade Organization (WTO) Public Forum 'Why trade matters to everyone’, Geneva, Switzerland
13 October UNCTAD hosts the World Investment Forum 2014: Investing in sustainable development, Geneva, Switzerland
25-26 October ICC International Conference on Global Economic Recovery: Asian Perspective, Bangladesh National Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce, Dhaka, Bangladesh
4-6 November World Economic Forum on India, New Delhi, India
9-11 November The Summit on the Global Agenda, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
15-16 November G20 Leaders Summit, Brisbane, Australia
World Export Development Forum 2014 targets the private sector for more trade and jobs

The urgent need to create trade and employment opportunities by increasing the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will be at the core of the discussions between global thinkers, business leaders and practitioners at the 14th World Export Development Forum (WEDF), to be held in Kigali, Rwanda, from 16-17 September 2014.

ITC’s flagship event will bring together over 400 representatives of governments, the private sector and trade support institutions from around the world to contribute to the global debate on ways to achieve trade-led inclusive sustainable development through entrepreneurship, trade competitiveness of SMEs, employment and economic growth. This year, WEDF will be held in conjunction with ITC’s Women Vendors Exhibition and Forum, which matches women vendors with international buyers.

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Second UN Conference on LLDCs to take place in November

United Nations Under Secretary-General Gyan Chandra Acharya has welcomed the adoption of a resolution calling for the active participation of all Member States in the Second UN Conference on Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDC), set to take place on 3-5 November in Vienna, Austria.

‘The Second LLDC conference is expected to deliver an outcome document that is forward looking, comprehensive and focused. I strongly urge all Member States and stakeholders to actively and meaningfully engage in the process,’ said Acharya, the UN High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States.

On 22 April, the UN General Assembly adopted the resolution on convening the conference, as well as its preparatory meetings.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last year appointed Mr. Acharya as Secretary-General of the conference, and the office he heads up is the UN system-wide focal point for the conference preparations.

The human story behind trade

The WTO’s 2014 Public Forum will be held in Geneva on 1-3 October under the theme of ‘Why trade matters to everyone’, aimed at telling the human story behind trade. It will show the connections between trade and people’s daily lives, and demonstrate how trade impacts on and improves the lives of citizens around the globe. In addition to a focus on trade and jobs, trade and consumers, and trade and Africa, the Forum will also discuss completion of the Doha Round.

2014 TPO Network Awards to recognize excellence in export development initiatives

The International Trade Centre (ITC) launched the call for entries for the 2014 Trade Promotion Organizations (TPOs) Network Awards on 17 March. This year's awards will recognize excellence in TPO processes, and all nationally recognized TPOs are eligible to compete.

'Businesses across the world rely on trade promotion organizations to succeed in exporting their products,' said ITC Executive Director Arancha González. 'For exporters to become competitive in regional and global markets, TPOs need to step up their performance to be able to provide relevant advice and support. At this year's TPO Network Awards, we will recognize TPOs' work and learn lessons from those which have achieved success for their clients.'

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