Switzerland

Africa’s fisheries value chain: Trade opportunities for women

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PE-JA7451
Overview

<p>&nbsp;</p><figure class="table"><table><tbody><tr><td>This session will present the results from the second study conducted by ITC and FAO in the fisheries value chains. It will focus on the challenges women face and offer recommendations for women entrepreneurs in the sector.</td></tr></tbody></table></figure>

ITC`s 60th Anniversary Celebrations

Programme details

Date: Thursday, 27 June 

Time: 16:00-18:00, followed by a reception from 18:15-20:00 

Location: World Trade Organization, CR Room / Reception on WTO terrace (outside) 

All participants must be registered for the Aid-for-Trade Global Review at the WTO here. Registration closes on 14 June.
 

The event will be moderated by: 
Georgie Ndirangu, Journalist, and Susanna Pak of the International Trade Centre 

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ITC’s 60th Anniversary Celebrations:  
Transforming lives through trade! 

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Geneva

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Programme

Chapter 1
The ITC Story
Introduction
Pamela Coke-Hamilton, Executive Director, ITC
Pamela Coke-Hamilton
Executive Director, International Trade Centre (ITC)
Keynote Address
H.E. Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy-Secretary-General, United Nations
Ms. Amina J. Mohammed
Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations
Anniversary messages by ITC's three former Executive Directors
Introduced by Pamela Coke-Hamilton,
Executive Director, International Trade Centre
Pamela Coke-Hamilton
Executive Director, International Trade Centre (ITC)
Original ITC Anniversary Song performed live
Performed live by Li-Li Octave, Singer-Songwriter from Dominica
Li-Li Octave
Singer-Songwriter, Dominica
Chapter 2
The vision for Trade
ITC and its parent organizations WTO and UNCTAD share their insights into the Geneva Trade Hub
Pamela Coke-Hamilton, ITC Executive Director

Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, WTO Director-General

Pedro Manuel Moreno, UNCTAD Deputy Secretary-General
Pamela Coke-Hamilton
Executive Director, International Trade Centre (ITC)
Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
Director-General, WTO
Rebeca Grynspan
Secretary General, UNCTAD
Chapter 3
Impact story on Inclusive Trade
Commitment to inclusion is crucial for bridging economic, social, and environmental gaps. ITC’s work on inclusive trade highlights the importance of empowering women, youth, and vulnerable groups including refugees, internally displaced persons, people with disabilities, and other marginalized groups.

With voices from Bangladesh, the Gambia, Iraq, Kenya and more
Chapter 4
In Conversation: Trade and Market Intelligence as a Global Public Good
H.E. Maria Pagán, Deputy United States Trade Representative (US Permanent Mission to International Organizations in Geneva)
H.E. Guilherme de Aguiar Patriota Permanent Representative of Brazil to the WTO
Pamela Coke-Hamilton, Executive Director, ITC

Pamela Coke-Hamilton
Executive Director, International Trade Centre (ITC)
H.E. Maria Pagán
Deputy United States Trade Representative (US Permanent Mission to International Organizations in Geneva)
H.E. Guilherme de Aguiar Patriota
Permanent Representative of Brazil to the WTO
Impact Story on Sustainable Value Chains
To create business opportunities for the vulnerable communities we serve, connecting them to value chains and helping them succeed in global trade is at the heart of ITC’s mission. While promoting sustainability and resilience, ITC focuses on sectors with the greatest potential to drive economic and social changes, especially for women, youth, and those in vulnerable situations.

With voices from Morocco

Chapter 5
In Conversation: The importance of Regional Integration, with a focus on the African Continental Free Trade Area
H.E. Jutta Urpilainen, Commissioner for International Partnerships, European Union (video message)

H.E. Albert Muchanga, Commissioner for Trade and Industry, African Union
H.E. Jutta Urpilainen
Commissioner for International Partnerships, European Union
H.E. Albert Muchanga
Commissioner for Trade and Industry, African Union
Impact Story on Regional Integration
Fostering regional integration is vital for sustainable value chains to work and for driving economic growth and development. We zoom into the African Continental Free Trade Area, a milestone for the African continent.

With voices from Ghana and Kenya

Chapter 6
Impact Story on Digital Trade
For regional integration to be effective, connectivity is essential. Without connectivity, digital trade cannot exist, and without digital trade, the broader goals of regional integration, robust value chains, and positive impacts on human lives cannot be achieved.

With voices from Central Asia and Tunisia
Chapter 7
Leaving no one behind
H.E. Rabab Fatima
Under Secretary General and High Representative, United Nations Office of the High Representative for LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS; Secretary General for the 3rd UN Conference on LLDCs
Chapter 8
Impact Story on Green Trade
Going ‘green’ is not just a theorem. It is a practical element that surrounds us and is vital to the pressing challenges of climate change and deforestation. These challenges significantly impact human lives and the health of our planet. At ITC, promoting green trade involves supporting sustainable practices across value chains.

With voices from Ghana

Chapter 9
The Future
Helene Budliger Artieda, State Secretary of Economic Affairs, Switzerland

Pamela Coke-Hamilton, ITC Executive Director
Helene Budliger Artieda
State Secretary, SECO
Pamela Coke-Hamilton
Executive Director, International Trade Centre (ITC)
External ID
PE-SD3271
Overview

<p>On 27 June, we will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the International Trade Centre (ITC). For 60 years, ITC has invested in its core services while innovating to make trade more connected, sustainable, and inclusive. Starting in 1964 with just a handful of staff, today we pursue four ambitious "moonshots": supporting women, empowering youth, promoting green trade, and enhancing digital connectivity.&nbsp;</p><p>Join us to celebrate!</p>

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Sustainability in the Coffee Value Chain: from awareness to action

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Geneva

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Public event
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PE-ML3450
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<p>Join us at the International Trade Centre on the 19th June for a critical dialogue on how we can transform the coffee value chain through sustainable, partnership driven collaborative actions.&nbsp;</p><p>People, Profit and Planet are interconnected and interdependent more than ever. Through the event, you will hear insights from industry, producers, MSMEs and international organizations on current challenges and solutions.&nbsp; The Centre for Circular Economy in Coffee (C4CEC) will be introduced by the founding partners and innovative production and consumption models will be showcased.&nbsp;</p><p>Participants will have the opportunity to interact with entrepreneurs, policy makers and supporting institutions that are at the forefront of new business practices and that generate opportunities for value addition and job creation.&nbsp;</p><p>You will also taste delicious coffee from different origins!</p>

Trade for Sustainable Development (T4SD) Forum 2024

The 2024 edition of the International Trade Centre’s (ITC) flagship event, the Trade for Sustainable Development (T4SD) Forum, will be co-organized with the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) on 12 September 2024 at the Eventforum Bern and streamed online.

This hybrid event will contextualize the evolving needs of small businesses in contributing to the sustainable development amidst the current geopolitical and regulatory challenges. The wide range of stakeholders present will discuss various solutions including capacity building, private sector engagement and global public goods to foster concerted action towards a sustainable future.

Meet the speakers

PROGRAMME AT A GLANCE

Information on speakers will be updated soon.

09:30 - 10:00

Welcome & Registration

10:00 - 10:10

High-Level Opening Remarks

10:10 - 10:30

Fireside Chat

A dialogue between the heads of ITC and SECO, reflecting on the need for concerted action and partnerships in achieving ambitious targets for a sustainable future.

10:30 - 11:45

Panel 1 – EMPOWER: Small Businesses for Big Impact

This session will highlight perspectives of MSMEs from the producing countries on the gaps in technical support and the key challenges in maintaining their license to operate. 

11:45 - 12:00

Spotlight on how ITC is working with partners to drive transformational change in the textile & apparel sector

12:00 - 13:00

Lunch

13:00 - 14:15

Panel 2 – LEVERAGE: Private Sector Partnerships

This session will emphasise the role of private sector and the importance of multi-stakeholder partnerships to develop innovative solutions to mobilize sustainable finance. 

14:15 - 14:45

Coffee

14:45 - 16:00

Panel 3 – ACCESS: Unlocking the Potential of Global Public Goods

This session will explore the new frontiers for trade-related technical assistance through the dissemination of information that is free, neutral, and reliable. 

16:00 - 16:15

Spotlight on ITC’s latest global public goods solutions

16:15 - 16:30

Closing Keynote

16:30                Onwards

Networking Cocktail Reception

 

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Bern, Eventforum

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PE-SJ3331
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Online Training Programme on Intra-African Trade in Processed Foods

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Training
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TP-CR2857
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<p>The online training programme, co-designed with ITC experts from Sector and Economic Competitiveness (SEC) and Trade and Market Intelligence (TMI), will be implemented in collaboration with private sector partners.&nbsp;The training aims to:&nbsp;</p><ul><li>Assess the women-led businesses’ readiness to export to under the AfCFTA;</li><li>Increase their knowledge of export requirements, procedures, and solutions.</li><li>Increase their capacity to develop an export strategy.</li><li>Enhance their capacity for production, processing, promotion, marketing, and value chain development under the AfCFTA.</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Target audience: Formal women-led businesses in the processed food sector interested in starting or increasing exports to African markets.&nbsp;</p>

Digital Moonshot session at WSIS 2024: Unlocking Africa's Digital Entrepreneurship Potential: Insights from the Tech Hub Landscape post-Covid

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Geneva

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PE-RD4335
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<p>The session takes place in the framework of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Geneva. It will delve into the dynamic landscape of African tech hubs, which have surpassed 1000 in number, and their pivotal role in propelling digital, social, and economic transformations by fostering startup ecosystems, drawing insights from the 3d edition of ITC's Tech Hubs in Africa report. Rather than a traditional report summary, this session will provide key highlights and actionable insights derived from an in-depth examination of the impact of COVID-19 on tech hubs across the continent.</p><p>The session will highlight the resilience demonstrated by tech hubs during the pandemic, drawing on a survey of 52 hubs and interviews with numerous others. Identified resilient business models that successfully navigated the challenges posed by the pandemic will be discussed. Drawing from the findings of the International Trade Centre (ITC) survey, the most defining parameter for the success of tech hubs during challenging times is their ability to digitalize services. Insights into how digitalization played a pivotal role in maintaining and enhancing the operations of these hubs will be discussed.</p><p>The session will position the report as a practical toolkit for governments and funders seeking successful investments in tech entrepreneurship support infrastructure. Recommendations derived from the report will be outlined to guide strategic decision-making for those involved in supporting and fostering tech ecosystems in Africa.</p><p>Attendees will gain insights into the future of tech hub operations, with an emphasis on the role of digital service delivery.</p><p><strong>CICG: Room 14, CICG, 2nd Floor</strong></p><p><strong>And Online.&nbsp;</strong></p>

ITC @ WTO Public Forum 2024

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Geneva

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PE-NE6206
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<p>ITC will participate in the WTO Public Forum under the theme “Re-globalization: Better Trade for a Better World”, to be held at the WTO's headquarters in Geneva from 10 to 13 September 2024. The Public Forum will explore how re-globalization can make trade more inclusive, ensuring that the benefits of trade reach more people. It will also examine the role of digitalization, services and sustainability in achieving this goal.&nbsp;</p>

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International Investment and the Transmission of Gender Policies and Practices: The role of regional integration

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PE-AF9229
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<p>ITC SheTrades in collaboration with UNCTAD are organizing online policy dialogues on the AfCFTA. The policy dialogue on “International Investment and the Transmission of Gender Policies and Practices ”.&nbsp;The aim of the session is to discuss state of the art research and policy options on the role of foreign investment and Multinational Enterprises, in promoting inclusive development through strategic actions to address women's empowerment and gender equality – contributing to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Key issues to discuss include:</p><ul><li>What MNEs strategies can influence inclusive development in host countries?&nbsp;</li><li>What are the drivers/challenges faced by MNEs when devising strategies for inclusive development?&nbsp;</li><li>What role do other stakeholders (public and private) play in MNEs strategies for gender equality?&nbsp;</li><li>What is the role of investment facilitation?</li></ul><p>How can regional integration help?</p>

Unpacking Mutual Recognition Agreements under the AfCFTA

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PE-BV7166
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<p>This session will discuss the significance of Mutual Recognition Arrangements (MRAs) for female professionals seeking to expand their businesses, how they work in practice drawing on examples from both Africa and Asia. Furthermore, the session will offer recommendations regarding key priority areas aimed at optimizing MRAs for female professionals</p>

Understanding women’s roles and trade potential along

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PE-NU9791
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<p>ITC will conduct policy dialogues in partnership with other international organisations. The policy dialogues aim to:&nbsp;</p><ul><li>Improve African WBAs and their members’&nbsp;understanding of the AfCFTA state of play and opportunities;</li><li>Increase women entrepreneurs’ capacity to&nbsp;trade under the GTI; and</li><li>Enable WBAs to share and discuss priorities for policy advocacy.&nbsp;</li></ul><p>Target audience: Continental Network of African WBAs and their members &nbsp;</p><p>This session will showcase findings from studies conducted within the soybean-to-poultry value chains by ITC and FAO. It addresses the challenges encountered and provides recommendations tailored for women entrepreneurs operating in this sector.</p>