The SheTrades in the Commonwealth programme aims to increase economic growth and job creation in Commonwealth countries by increasing the participation of women-owned businesses in international trade. The project is funded by the UK Department for International Development and implemented by the International Trade Centre (ITC) under the framework of the SheTrades Initiative.

About ITC 

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.

 

About SheTrades

The SheTrades initiative aims to connect three million women to market by 2021 and rallies stakeholders around the world to work together on seven actions to address trade barriers and create greater opportunities for women entrepreneurs. It is supported by a web and mobile digital platform. For more information, please visit shetrades.com

 

                          The Opportunity 

Under the SheTrades in the Commonwealth programme, selected women-owned businesses, business support organizations and corporations will benefit from a wide range of opportunities to expand their business and jointly advance women economic empowerment. 

 

For Women-Owned Business 

  • Get connected to potential buyers, investors, suppliers and business support organizations;
  • Learn new skills to boost your business potential through our free-of-cost and tailored  e-learning courses, on-site workshops and webinars; 
  • Receive support to attend national, regional and international trade fairs;
  • Participate in B2B meetings;
  • Apply for fundraising opportunities
  • Increase your visibility and enlarge your network in international markets.

Business-Support Organization 

  • Increase your visibility and expand your network in the international arena;
  • Benefit from customised capacity building activities;
  • Expand your portfolio of services offered to women-led SMEs;
  • Contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals and support women's economic empowerment;
  • Share, exchange and learn from other institutions.

 Corporation

  • Connect with over 3000 women-owned businesses from Bangladesh, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria and expand your pool of suppliers;
  • Identify unique and innovative businesses opportunities;
  • Learn, share and exchange with key businesses, governments and institutions;
  • Support the UN Sustainable Development Goals by empowering women;
  • Develop new partnerships and increase your visibility in emerging markets.

 

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SheTrades in the Commonwealth is supported by:

The SheTrades Initiative is supported by: