Award winners of Digital Champions for Small Business announced

2 December 2021
ITC News

The World Trade Organization’s Informal Working Group on Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs), the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) are proud to present the award winners of this year’s Digital Champions for Small Business competition:

  • Economic Chamber of North Macedonia
  • Lima Chamber of Commerce
  • TofaraOnline  

At the award ceremony on 2 December, WTO Director-General Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, H.E. Ambassador José-Luis Cancela, Coordinator of the Informal Working Group on MSMEs, together with ICC Secretary General John Denton, ITC Executive Director Pamela Coke-Hamilton and representatives of Google and Zoom, presented the awards digitally to the four finalists.

The innovative projects brought forth by the winners will not only raise awareness of the difficulties small businesses are facing when wanting to trade digitally but will also promote best practices in digital trade.

Ultimately, the initiative will help small businesses go digital and increase their participation in international trade with the Awards sponsored by Google and Zoom, who are offering trainings and other support to the small businesses involved.


Watch the winners here explaining very briefly what their project is about!

The competition

The aim of the competition is to bring more small businesses into the digital economy to help them grow, trade and become resilient.

The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the importance of the digital economy for businesses of all sizes throughout the world. MSMEs have historically struggled to enter the digital economy, due to lack of awareness, resources or technological know-how.

Industry associations, chambers of commerce, as well as business support and non-governmental organizations were called upon this summer to present ideas that help small, exporting businesses in going digital.