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International Forum on Women in Business

  • International Forum on Women in Business


    Laico Regency Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya, 14 December 2015


    The International Forum on Women in Business will be hosted by the Government of Kenya and the International Trade Centre (ITC), in conjunction with the 10th WTO Ministerial Conference in Nairobi. Policymakers, the business community and representatives of Women Business Organizations will convene to discuss policies and actions to increase the participation of women in trade.

    What would happen if women were participating in the global economy at the same rate as their male counterparts? What are the private sector and governments doing to support inclusiveness and equality in business? Advancing women’s equality can add $12 trillion to global growth by 20251, and enable economies to unlock their full potential. The Forum looks to ensure that trade leads to sustainable development, resilience and inclusive growth. Technology as a tool to leverage, innovate, and scale SMEs will be a major theme of the day’s program.

    The ITC-led ‘Call to Action’ to bring one million women to market by 2020 will feature in the discussions; a publication analyzing data on women exporters will be launched; and technology as an enabler of trade will be featured through a new application connecting women to markets developed by the Kenyan woman-owned company GreenBell Communications, the winner of the Women Vendors Exhibition and Forum 2015 (WVEF) Tech Challenge.

    If you want to know more about the event, please contact ITC’s Women and Trade team:



     07:00–09:00   Registration and welcome coffee

    Official Opening Ceremony

    H.E. Ms. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia

    H.E. Mr. William Samoei Ruto, Deputy President of Kenya

    And with

    Ms. Sahle-Work Zewde, Director General United Nations Office at Nairobi

    Mr. Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General of United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

    Mr. Yonov Frederick Agah, Deputy Director-General, World Trade Organization 

    Ms. Arancha González, Executive Director, International Trade Centre

    Launch of ITC publication: Unlocking Markets For Women To Trade


    Leveling the Playing Field

    H.E. Ms. Maxine McClean, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Barbados

    Mr. Markku Keinänen, Director General, External Economic Relations, Ministry for Foreign Trade and Development, Finland

    Ms. Diariétou Gaye, Country Director (Kenya, Rwanda, Eritrea, Uganda) World Bank Group 

    Ms. Carole  Kariuki, Chief Executive Officer, Kenya Private Sector Alliance

    Mr. Frank Matsaert, Chief Executive Officer, TradeMark East Africa

    Dr. Gülden Türktan, President W20, Official engagement group of the G20

    Ms. Rosa Whitaker, Chief Executive Officer, Whitaker Group

    Moderator: Ms Bibi van der Zee, The Guardian


    Innovating to Compete

    H.E. Mr. Morten Høglund, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Norway

    Ms. Juliana Rotich, Co-Founder, Ushahidi, Co-Founder, BRCK

    Ms. Rapelang Rabana, Founder / Chief Executive Officer, Rekindle Learning

    Ms. Ife Osaga-Ondondo, Legal Counsel, Sub Saharan Africa, Google 

    Ms. Ally Angula, Group Managing Director, Leap Investments

    Ms. Nansalmaa Sanjmyatav, Director, Nans Cashmere Company

    Ms. Sneha Shah, Managing Director Africa, Thomson Reuters

    Moderator: Peninah Karibe, CCTV Africa

     12:30–13:30   Lunch

    Unlocking Markets

    H.E. Ms. Margaret Mwanakatwe, Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Zambia

    Mr. Chris Barton, Director of International Affairs, Trade Policy & Export Control, United Kingdom

    Ms. Eva Walder, Director-General for Trade, Sweden

    Ms. Leila Janah, Founder/Chief Executive Officer, Sama Group

    Amb. Richard Sezibera, Secretary General, East African Community

    Ms. Susan Mboya-Kidero, President, Coca-Cola Africa Foundation

    Moderator: Peninah Karibe, CCTV Africa

    Unveiling: The SheTrades App 


    Presidential Conversation

    H.E. Ms. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia

    H.E. Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya

    And with

    H.E. Ms. Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Netherlands

    Mr. Jeremy Awori, Managing Director, Barclays

    Moderator: Ms. Arancha González, Executive Director, International Trade Centre



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