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    4 May-September 2021


    How to #NetworkwiththeCommunity

    How to #NetworkwiththeCommunity online Entrepreneurs! Learn how to network better online through this new series of ecomConnect workshops that include speed networking sessions for practical learning. The workshops are brought to you in collaboration with global partners, including Google's #IamRemarkableinitiative.

    Register for the first session with our online community here

    28 May-10 June 2021


    Making trade agreements work for MSMEs and development

    This ITC webinar series facilitates joint learning and knowledge sharing and brings MSMEs and development perspectives to the attention of policymakers in WTO member states. The events take place on 28 May: Investment Facilitation for Development; 7 June: E-commerce; 8 June: Services Domestic Regulation; 9 June: Trade and Environmental Sustainability; 10 June: MSMEs.

    For more information, please go here

    9-10 June 2021


    Innovation Fair

    Organized by the ITC Innovation Lab, this interactive event provides an opportunity to showcase how ITC is innovating to advance trade and to discuss the future of the organization’s work. ​ The goal is to share these ideas, break thinking silos, and foster collaboration for further innovation. 

    Register here

    14 June 2021


    UNCTAD Trade Forum

    The ITC Executive Director shares ITC’s perspective on the question: ‘The green side of trade policy, what can we do?’ in a session from 15:00-18:00 CEST on 14 June. To be part of the discussion.

    Register here

    15-16 June 2021


    European Development Days 2021

    Organized by the European Commission, the European Development Days (EDD) bring the development community together to share ideas and experiences in ways that inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.
    The 2021 theme is "The Green Deal for a Sustainable Future”

    16-19 June 2021

    Online & Paris, France

    Start-up opportunity at VivaTech 2021

    At Europe’s biggest start-up and tech event, VivaTech 2021, ITC’s #FastTrackTech organizes a challenge on ‘Innovative Solutions for Affordable and Reliable Internet in Africa’. Are you a formally registered African digital start-up with an innovative solution improving the access to affordable connectivity? Then the ITC #FastTrackTech challenge is for you!

    Apply and find more information here

    18 June 2021


    World Refugee Day event

    To mark World Refugee Day 2021, ITC brings together private sector representatives who share their unique experiences with doing business in displacement settings. Join the conversation on 18 June from 15:00-16:30 CEST.

    Please register here

    21-24 June 2021

    Kigali, Rwanda

    Commonwealth Business Forum

    24 June 2021


    TV talk show: Empowering the Green Recovery

    Join us for this dynamic live TV talk show featuring ITC Executive Director Pamela Coke-Hamilton and business guest speakers.
    Findings from the 2021 edition of ITC’s annual flagship report, the SME Competitiveness Outlook, underpin the discussion.

    Watch live on the ITC Facebook and LinkedIn channels at 15:00-15:45 CEST and engage via live chat

    25 June 2021


    Digital Champions for Small Businesses

    This initiative focuses on small businesses’ participation in international trade by helping them go digital.
    Business support organizations and NGOs are invited to submit proposals.

    Join the launch at 14:00-14:30 CEST Go to

    28 June 2021


    MSME Day 2021 event – MSMEs: Key to an inclusive and sustainable recovery

    With a panel discussion with entrepreneurs and messages from high-level speakers from across the world, we celebrate the contribution of small businesses to an inclusive and sustainable recovery on this United Nations international day in support of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises.

    14:00-16:30 CEST Register here for the ZOOM session: 

    Or watch live on UN Web TV

    30 June 2021


    E-commerce at the border  

    Understanding the application of duties and taxes is a matter of great importance to small enterprises selling online. Getting it wrong can be costly but getting it right can be a competitive advantage. Join the conversation and workshop on June 30 from 11 AM to 1 PM CEST.

    Register here

    12 August 2021



    Celebrating International Youth Day

    Join an inspirational discussion on ecopreneurship, featuring young entrepreneurs and partners in renewable energy and energy efficiency, waste, and water. Don’t miss the launch of the first-ever Youth Ecopreneur Awards, an annual start-ups competition that celebrates young ecopreneurs and encourages networking.

    Find out more and register here:

    2-4 September 2021



    China International Fair for Trade in Services

     Join an inspirational discussion on ecopreneurship, featuring young entrepreneurs and partners in renewable energy and energy efficiency, waste, and water. Don’t miss the launch of the first-ever Youth Ecopreneur Awards, an annual start-ups competition that celebrates young ecopreneurs and encourages networking.

    Find out more and register here:

    16-18 September 2021


    UNCTAD Youth Forum

    On 16 September, ITC leads the session 'Start-up your dream: Creating an ecosystem of youth entrepreneurship' as contribution to the UNCTAD Youth Forum.

    To be part of the Forum, please go here

    23 September 2021


    Pre-COP: Greening value chains - fashion industry

    Under the GreenToCompete initiative, and in the framework of the pre-events to the Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26), ITC is organizing a discussion on 'Greening international value chains through trade: The case of the fashion industry in developing countries' on 23 September from 14:00-15:00 CEST.

    To find out more, please contact

    27-28 September 2021


    Trade for Sustainable Development Forum

    The 2021 edition of this annual ITC flagship event features a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the launch of Standards Map, the world’s largest database for sustainability standards.

    You are invited to a full-day event on 27 September, as well as the T4SD Forum session 'From Competition to Collaboration: Collective Action in Sustainability Standards' at the WTO Public Forum on 28 September. To learn more and to register, please visit the T4SD Forum webpage here.

    Registration deadline for the WTO Public Forum is 6 September

    28 September-01 October 2021

    Geneva & Online

    WTO Public Forum & Geneva Trade week

    Contributing to a green and inclusive recovery is at the core of activities led by ITC and partners at the WTO Public Forum and the Geneva Trade Week.

    To learn more about sessions led by ITC and partners, please visit here.

    To register for the WTO Public Forum by 6 September, please go here

     1 October 2021-31 March 2022

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates


    EXPO 2020

    The World EXPO aims to attract 25 million visitors and to inspire new partnerships for the future. The International Trade Centre will highlight the need to support small businesses as part of the United Nations’ EXPO presence

    3-7 October 2021


    Fifteenth session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

    The ministerial conference will present an opportunity to align the sustainable development agenda with global efforts to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic

    7 October 2021


    World Cotton Day

    ITC and WTO will lead an event to celebrate the 2021 World Cotton Day. The annual international day recognizes the contribution to job creation and to maintaining economic stability along the cotton value chain

    7-8 October 2021


    ecomConnect Days

    Join inspiring conversations about the shifting position of online marketplaces as hubs of global connection and growth. How can they become more inclusive by fostering global connections, particularly in developing and least developed countries?

    Register here

    2 November 2021

     Geneva & Online


    55th session of the Joint Advisory Group (JAG)

    The JAG reviews ITC's activities based on the Annual Report. Recommendations regarding ITC's future work programme are made to the governing bodies, UNCTAD and WTO. The meeting will take place on 2 November 2021, from 10:00-18:00, at the Palais des Nations, Room XIX, and online

    Find out more here

    5-10 November 2021

    Shanghai & Online


    China International Import Expo

    ITC supports the participation of small businesses from Asia, Africa and Latin America in the food & agriculture, consumer goods, and services sectors in the fourth CIIE event

    15-21 November 2021

    Durban, South-Africa

    Infra African trade-Fair (IATF)

    ITC Deputy Director Dorothy Tembo is an Ambassador of the Intra-African Trade Fair that focuses this year on the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

     Find out more here

  • The Great Lockdown and its Impact on Small Business