Woman works in a small shop in Ghana

Woman works in a small shop, Ghana.

Foto: © Arne Hoel/The World Bank, CC

Development talks

Women and trade – how to ensure inclusive development

Uppdaterad: 28 oktober 2014

Datum: 20 november 2014
Tid: 9:00 – 12:00
Plats: Sida, Valhallavägen 199, Stockholm

Women are important players in trade in Africa: they produce products, transport goods across borders, manage and own trading firms or are employed to work in them. However, women’s potential in trade is often held back by the many constraints they face. These can be lack of access to finance, information and trader networks, which makes it more difficult to grow and develop their business.  Women who trade across borders can also be subject to harassment and unsafe environments.

Addressing women as key economic agents has been recognized as “smart economics” by the World Bank (WB), which recently launched the report Women and Trade in Africa: realizing the potential. Sida has co-funded the report and is also a long-time funder of the International Trade Centre, (ITC), a joint agency of the UNCTAD/WTO.

What role do women play in trade and economic growth, what are their challenges and opportunities?  How can women's participation in international trade best be supported?  These are some of the questions that will be discussed during this seminar, which will take us deeper into the topic of women and trade in Africa.

When: Thursday 20 November 2014
Time: 9:00-12:00 (registration from 8:30)
Venue: Sida, Valhallavägen 199, Stockholm (Hörsalen)
Please, register here before the 17th of November!

Admission is free of charge and the seminar will be held in English
Moderator: Ms Charlotte Kalin, CEO, Chamber Trade Sweden


08:30 Registration

09:00 Introduction: Ms Charlotte Petri-Gornitzka, Director General, Sida

09:15 Short film: “Boosting Trade in Africa: Why Women Are the Key”

09:20 Why should women be involved in trade, and what are the effects of their involvement?
Ms Dorothy Tuma, Director, DMT Consultants Ltd, Founder/President Women’s Centre for Job Creation, Uganda, Chairperson East African Women in Business Platform

09:45 What are the opportunities and challenges facing women in trade, examples from Africa
Mr Paul Brenton, Trade Practice Leader, Africa Region at the World Bank, editor of “Women and Trade in Africa: Realizing the Potential”

10:10 Coffee and sandwich

10:30 How can women’s participation in international trade best be supported?
Ms Arancha Gonzalez, Executive Director, International Trade Centre, UNCTAD/WTO

10:55 Panel discussion including questions and comments from the audience Ms Dorothy Tuma, Mr Paul Brenton, Ms Arancha Gonzalez, Ms Eva Bursvik and Ms Carolina Wennerholm.

11:50 Closing remarks

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