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Trade Finance Global announces media partnership with International Trade Centre on the World Export Development Forum

19 June 2023
ITC News

(Geneva/London) Trade Finance Global (TFG) is pleased to announce its partnership with the International Trade Centre’s (ITC) annual flagship event, the World Export Development Forum (WEDF), taking place on June 26-29, 2023 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. This year's WEDF, marking its 20th edition, will be hosted by the Government of Mongolia and promises to be a significant platform for global trade discussions, business opportunities, and sustainable development initiatives.

WEDF aims to facilitate meaningful conversations and collaborations that address the challenges faced by the global trade community, including conflict, climate change, the ongoing impact of COVID-19, and rising costs.

As partners of the event, TFG will be addressing MSME finance shortfalls, speaking on topics around emerging and developing markets access to finance, particularly in landlocked countries such as Mongolia, bringing trade development and development finance actors together at the forum.

The theme for this year's WEDF is "Diversify with Green Trade," emphasizing the importance of organic, digital, and sustainable solutions in overcoming multiple crises. The conference will bring together a diverse range of participants, including small business owners, women entrepreneurs, young innovators, policymakers, and representatives from international organizations.

The WEDF 2023 will feature renowned speakers and industry experts, including:

  • H.E. Khurelsukh Ukhnaa, President of Mongolia 
  • H.E. Rabab Fatima, High Representative, United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States
  • Pamela Coke-Hamilton, Executive Director, International Trade Centre
  • H.E. Battsetseg Batmunkh, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mongolia
  • Tapan Mishra, UN Resident Coordinator, Mongolia
  • Mohammad Saeed, Trade Facilitation Senior Adviser, International Trade Centre
  • Deepesh Patel, Editorial Director, Trade Finance Global
  • Claudio Viezzoli, Managing Director, SME Finance & Development, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and many more.

Pamela Coke-Hamilton, Executive Director of the International Trade Centre, said: ‘For this year’s World Export Development Forum, we’re going to look at how we can collectively reshape the future of trade, into one that is more connected, green and inclusive. We look forward to exploring solutions and strengthening partnerships to take action.’

Deepesh Patel, TFG’s editorial director said: ‘Trade Finance Global is excited to be part of International Trade Centre’s WEDF 2023, which seeks to share insights and best practices from around the world.

With a particular focus on Asia-Pacific countries and landlocked developing nations, this event hopes to highlight the important work by SMEs, women-led businesses, and young entrepreneurs.’

For more information on the World Export Development Forum (WEDF) please see here.


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Media contacts

Susanna Pak
Senior Strategic Communications Officer
International Trade Centre
E: pak [at]
T: +41 22 730 0651
M: +41 79 667 4660

Deepesh Patel
Director, Partnerships and Marketing
Trade Finance Global
T: +44 (0) 7507 398018