Western and Central Africa
Eastern and Southern Africa
Eastern Europe and Central Asia
The International Trade Centre (ITC) participates in events planned by partner organizations to build awareness of the development impact of international trade by small and medium-sized entreprises (SMEs). Events that ITC participates in include those organized by its parent organizations, the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
The Public Forum is the WTO’s largest annual outreach event in Geneva, which provides a platform for participants to discuss the latest developments in world trade and to propose ways of enhancing the multilateral trading system. This year’s theme is “Why trade matters to everyone” and tells the human story behind trade.
The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States will be held from 1-4 September 2014 in Apia, Samoa, and will be preceded by related events including the Private Sector Forum on 30-31 August. The conference aims to focus the world’s attention on a group of countries that face particular challenges in achieving sustainable economic development.
The VII Astana Economic Forum is being held in Astana, Kazakhstan, from 21 – 23 May 2014. The forum serves as a platform for both global and regional dialogue that brings together world leaders, academics, and top-level business representatives. ITC is organizing a panel discussion that will investigate the best practices that governments and trade support institutions in developing countries, including landlocked developing countries (LLDCs), and LDCs can adopt so that their businesses, especially SMEs, can take advantage of the multilateral Trade Facilitation Agreement and better integrate into and move up value chains.
The World Trade Organization's (WTO) Ninth Ministerial Conference (MC9) is being held in Bali, Indonesia, from 3–6 December 2013. A successful outcome of the conference is deemed crucially important for the future of the multilateral trading system, given the impasse in the Doha Round of negotiations. ITC is organizing a panel discussion on the role of SMEs and will participate in various other events, including the Bali Business Forum.
The Public Forum is the WTO’s largest annual outreach event in Geneva, which provides a platform for participants to discuss the latest developments in world trade and to propose ways of enhancing the multilateral trading system. This year’s theme is about expanding trade through innovation and the digital economy.
The WTO’s Global Review this year examined strategies to connect developing-country businesses to international value chains and involved the discussion of associated development benefits. ITC supported the event through presentations and speaking sessions about the involvement of SMEs in value chains.
Under the theme of ‘Development-centred Globalization: Towards inclusive and sustainable growth and development’, the UNCTAD XIII conference addressed issues such as green economy and climate change, debt and financial and monetary reform, and science and technology. ITC supported the event through discussions and presentations on inclusive and sustainable export-led job creation.
The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), also known as Rio+20, took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June 2012. ITC highlighted the importance of trade in promoting sustainable development through a number of side events and discussions.