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ITC and UPS invite women entrepreneurs to participate in export trainings in Mexico, Nigeria, Vietnam and the United Arab Emirates

9 May 2019
ITC News

UPS support for the International Trade Centre’s SheTrades commitment to connect 3 million women to the global marketplace by 2021.

The International Trade Centre (ITC) and UPS today announced a series of training seminars and workshops for women business owners in Mexico, Nigeria, Vietnam and the United Arab Emirates. The workshops contribute to ITC SheTrades’ commitment to connect 3 million women to the global marketplace by 2021 and to UPS’s commitment to women entrepreneurs’ ability to export.

The primary objective of these trainings is to increase participants’ understanding of trade procedures and exporting opportunities, as well as their knowledge of key logistics concepts for exporting. Additionally, the workshops aim to raise awareness among women-owned businesses (WOBs) in the respective countries about the opportunities available through ITC SheTrades and the UPS Women Exporters Program.

According to independent research commissioned by ITC, only one out of five export businesses are led by women. With the same research showing that export-focused small businesses tend to be more successful and that women tend to invest up to 90% of their income in their children’s health and education, helping women entrepreneurs build their export capabilities has the potential to reduce intergenerational cycles of poverty and contribute to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The joint ITC-UPS training will help women entrepreneurs overcome barriers to exporting and support them in increasing their exports. It will also address how to improve the packaging of their goods and better understand complex logistics concepts.

ITC and UPS will work with a range of national partners to deliver the training, including Dubai Exports, the Nigerian Export Promotion Council, Asociación Nacional de Mujeres Empresarias, 10,000 Mújeres por México, COMCE, Vietrade, and the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

To participate in the training, applicants must meet the following criteria: (1a) be an employee of a company at least 30% owned, managed and controlled by a woman or women, or; (1b) be a woman who owns a legally registered and incorporated company; (2) reside in one of the participating countries: Mexico, Nigeria, Vietnam or the United Arab Emirates; and (3) be registered with the SheTrades program:

The dates and locations of the scheduled SheTrades and UPS workshops are as follows:
• 28-29 May 2019 in Mexico City, Mexico
• 6 June 2019 in Lagos, Nigeria
• 6-7 June 2019 in Hanoi, Vietnam

Apply now to be able to register for events and be kept up to date with the upcoming offers:
• Applications are available at the following links: English, español, tiếng Việt

For more information about the joint collaboration between UPS and ITC, please visit

For queries regarding SheTrades or the training sessions and workshops, please email: womenandtrade [at] (womenandtrade[at]intracen[dot]org)

About the International Trade Centre - The International Trade Centre is the joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations. ITC assists small and medium-sized enterprises in developing and transition economies to become more competitive in global markets, thereby contributing to sustainable economic development within the frameworks of the Aid-for-Trade agenda and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Through the SheTrades initiative, the International Trade Centre aims to connect 3 million women entrepreneurs and women-owned businesses to international markets by 2021. The initiative brings together stakeholders around the world to work on seven actions to address trade barriers and create greater opportunities for women entrepreneurs.

For more information, visit Follow ITC on Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn | Instagram For more information on SheTrades, visit

About UPS - UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including transporting packages and freight; facilitating international trade, and deploying advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. UPS was awarded America’s Best Customer Service company for Shipping and Delivery services by Newsweek magazine; Forbes Most Valuable Brand in Transportation; and top rankings on the JUST 100 list for social responsibility, the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, and the Harris Poll Reputation Quotient, among other prestigious rankings and awards. The company can be found on the web at or and its corporate blog can be found at The company’s sustainability eNewsletter, UPS Horizons, can be found at

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