Frequently Asked Questions 

 

What is the SheTrades in the Commonwealth Programme?

The SheTrades in the Commonwealth Programme aims to facilitate the participation of Women-Owned Businesses (WOBs) in international trade and increase job creation in Commonwealth countries with a specific focus on Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana and Bangladesh. The programme does so by supporting women-owned businesses in these countries to:

i)        increase their visibility and connect them to potential buyers, investors, suppliers and business support organizations

ii)     provide capacity building trainings including e-learning courses, on-site workshops and webinars, to teach new skills that will help WOBs grow their businesses 

iii)   provide comprehensive support to attend national, regional and international buyer to seller trade events.

 

What is the difference between the SheTrades Initiative and the SheTrades in the Commonwealth Programme?

The International Trade Centre (ITC) launched the SheTrades Initiative in year (2015/2016) with aim of connecting three million women entrepreneurs to market by 2021. The SheTrades Initiative provides women entrepreneurs around the world with a unique network and platform to connect to markets. Through the SheTrades app, women entrepreneurs are able to share information about their companies, increase visibility, expand networks, connect and internationalize.

The SheTrades in the Commonwealth is one of many projects within the SheTrades Initiative. The SheTrades in the Commonwealth Programme is funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), and is implemented by the Women and Trade Programme of the ITC.

WOBs that are members of the SheTrades in the Commonwealth Programme have the benefit of,

  1. participating in trainings that the SheTrades Initiative offers, and
  2. receiving unique training and support that is only available to SheTrades in the Commonwealth members.

 

Who can register for this programme and which are the requirements?

Women Owned Business (WOBs)  from Bangladesh, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria in the sectors supported by this programme;
Business Support Organizations; and
Corporations.   

For more information on this as well as requirements click here

 

Do I need to pay to register?

 No, registration to become a beneficiary of SheTrades in the Commonwealth Programme is free of charge. 

 

Under which sector should I apply? 

Based on the requirements you can apply under the following sectors. Click on the links below to find the products/services included in each sectors

Agriculture            IT&BPO               Textiles and Apparel               Tourism

 

Why can’t I continue to the next section during my registration? 

 The system won’t allow you to continue to the next section unless you have at least answered the mandatory fields. The platform will highlight and place messages in red to indicate the missing fields. Do not forget to upload mandatory documents in PDF or JPG

 

What do I do if I lost my password?

 Click on this link, type your email and then click on "Recover Password". You will  receive an email with instructions on how to recover your password. 

 

How can I change/update my profile?

You can add and change information by logging in your account using the email address you use for registration and your password. Once you are in your homepage, click on  "edit profile" 

 

From which capacity building opportunities can I benefit? 

Log in your account and click on the "Capacity building" Tab on top of your screen to find out more about all the opportunities you can benefit from

 

How can I apply to attend a Trade Fair? 

Log in your account and click on the "Trade Fairs" Tab on top of your screen. Here you will find the terms and conditions for each opportunity, as well as a link to apply. 

 

If I am already an accepted SheTrades in the Commonwealth member, why am I being asked to complete my profile?

The SheTrades in the Commonwealth Project has recently upgraded their registration process to make it easier for WOBs to register and take advantage of opportunities. Accepted WOBs will need to complete their online business profile so that we can better connect them to potential buyers.

Under the new registration system, you will have access to a platform that will:

  1. make it easier for you to connect with other businesses, investors and buyers.
  2. give you access to all the upcoming capacity building and international, regional and national trade events, which will help you in preparing your schedules.
  3. allow you to directly apply for trade events by accessing the terms and conditions form and call for application links.

 

 


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