World Export Development Forum (WEDF)

ITC’s annual flagship event on trade and development and strategies to connect businesses to new markets. 


The World Export Development Forum, the International Trade Centre’s annual flagship event, is the ideal platform to discuss the latest issues around trade and development and strategies to connect businesses to new markets. It supports inclusive, sustainable and prosperous economies.  

Participants are from all over the world, including business leaders, entrepreneurs, policymakers, and representatives of international organizations, business support organizations and the media.  

The 20th edition of the Forum is expected to take place in Ulaan Bataar, Mongolia, in the late summer of 2022.  The event will combine high-level panels with practical workshops and business-to-business meetings, to boost innovation and forge business deals. A special focus will be on expanding trade opportunities for women entrepreneurs and youth.   

Further information will be provided soon.  

Addis Ababa - 18-22 November 2019  
Trade and Invest in One Africa  

Lusaka, Zambia - 11-12 September 2018    
Scaling up through trade: Skill - Innovate - Connect 

Budapest, Hungary - 25-26 October 2017: 
Trade – A force for good: Include, Innovate, Integrate  


Colombo, Sri Lanka- 12-13 October 2016  
Trade for Success: Connect, Compete, Change  


Doha, Qatar - 20-21 October 2015  
Sustainable Trade: Innovate, invest, internationalize 


Kigali, Rwanda - 15-17 September 2014  
SMEs: Creating jobs through trade 


Jakarta, Indonesia - 15-17 October 2012  
Linking growth markets: New dynamics in global trade 


Istanbul, Turkey - 10-11 May 2011:  
Private sector engagement with LDCs for tourism-led growth and inclusive sustainable development 


Chongqing, China - 9-12 September 2010  

Adapting to post-crisis world trade patterns, and lessons for export development 

Montreux, Switzerland - 8-11 October 2008:
Consumer Conscience: How Environment and Ethics are Influencing Exports 


Montreux, Switzerland - 8-11 October 2007:  
Bringing Down the Barriers - Charting a Dynamic Export Development Agenda


Berlin, Germany - 27-30 September 2006:
Export Development and Poverty Reduction: Linkages and Implications for Export Strategy-Makers 


Montreux, Switzerland - 5-8 October 2005:
Export of Services: Hype or High Potential? - Implications for Strategy-Makers 


Montreux, Switzerland - 26-29 September 2004:
Competitiveness through Public–Private Partnership: Successes and Lessons Learned 


Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago - 18-21 January 2004:  
Regional debate 


Cancun, Mexico - 6-9 September 2003:  
Business for Development: Implications for Strategy Maker 


Santa Cruz, Bolivia - 11-14 June 2003:  
Regional debate 


Sofia, Bulgaria - 12-15 November 2003:  
Regional debate   


Montreux, Switzerland - 25-28 September 2002:  
Managing Competitive Advantage: The Values of National Strategy  


Muldersdrift, South Africa - 25-27 November 2002:  
Regional debate 


Montreux, Switzerland - 26-29 September 2001:  
Is Your Trade Support Network Working?  


Nairobi, Kenya - 26-28 November 2001:  
Regional debate 


Montreux, Switzerland - 27-30 September 2000:  
Export Development and the Digital Economy  


Annecy, France - 26-29 September 1999:  
Redefining Trade Promotion - The Need for a Strategic Response 

Next event

Date: 2nd quarter of 2023
Location: Ulaan Bataar, Mongolia 
Partners: Co-host: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Mongolia 

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