Early bird special: #WEDF18 experts pitch know-how to business-to-business participants

17 August 2018
ITC News
Land in Lusaka, Zambia, by 10 September to network with and ask questions to experts on topics ranging from agribusiness to e-commerce, packaging and export laws

The early bird gets the worm – or in this case, business training.

Entrepreneurs and business leaders, head to the 2018 World Export Development Forum (WEDF) in Lusaka, Zambia, on 11-12 September to talk business and do business.

Register here:

Come the day before on 10 September for a full-day ‘early bird special’ of business-to-business meetings and a chance to interact directly with experts in a variety of fields, who will pitch their expertise to you:

  • Adding value to fresh fruits – Momarr Mass Taal, Tropingo Foods, The Gambia 
  • Using tech for agro-development – Michael Ocansey, AgroCenta, Ghana
  • E-commerce tips for small firms – Oumar Yam, OuiCarry, Senegal
  • Packaging your goods for export – Private-sector packaging expert
  • Building your business skills online – Raphael Dard, ITC SME Trade Academy
  • Tackling legal issues across borders – Serge Nawej, Proxima Law, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Sparking interest on social media – Susanna Pak, ITC Communications and Events

How will this marketplace of experts work?

There will be 4-5 consecutive rounds of 15-minute conversations with experts. During that time, participants will have a chance to form small groups around an expert to hear insights, gather business tips and ask questions before moving on to a different expert.

Details will be announced on the WEDF website:

For the latest updates, follow @ITCnews on Twitter and join the conversation using #WEDF18 and #ScaleUp.

Join our business-to-business meetings

Business-to-business meetings will gather companies of all sizes in the agricultural sector from across the globe, linking producers and buyers, exporters and importers, commercial farmers and manufacturers. Companies from 20 countries already have registered to take part in the meetings.

Business matchmaking will focus on crops and oilseeds, as well as their processed products; honey; agricultural technologies and storage systems; and packaging solutions.

Using ITC’s online business-matching platform, each company participating in the business-to-business meetings will be able to consult the profiles of other companies and request appointments in advance with those they would like to meet with.

Over the course of two days, each company will have the opportunity to meet up to 15 potential business partners during 30-minute meetings, as well as request additional appointments organized on the spot.

The WEDF plenary sessions support these meetings with topics such as reducing risk in agricultural supply chains, packaging solutions, green finance options, improving border transit times and more.


10 September
Business-to-business meetings: 10:30-13:00 and 14:00-18:00
Business-to-business capacity building workshop: 16:30-17:30

11 September
B2B meetings: 12:00-13:30 and 14:30-17:30

Watch WEDF B2B playlist