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  •  Gender equality and women’s empowerment are critical development objectives.  Whilst gender equality is a basic human right, it is also a matter of economic efficiency and competitiveness, leading to the achievement of other key development outcomes.       

     Globalisation and trade have played a critical role in reducing barriers to achieving greater gender equality.  Evidence shows a strong correlation between increased international trade and increases in female employment; trade results in greater employment in exports, increased connection to markets and often higher wages in export oriented industries particularly for women.    

     ITC’s Women and Trade Programme works with governments, the private sector and trade support institutions to bring greater economic benefit to women through increased participation in export trade.

    Read more about ITC's Women and Trade programme...   


    The Global Platform for Action on Sourcing From Women Vendors


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    Women entrepreneurs are a growing economic force with 34% of firms worldwide having female participation in ownership, and yet women access a limited share of procurement opportunities.

    In most countries government procurement accounts for 15% to 20% of GDP, and worldwide, companies spend US$300bn annually on goods and services. Targeted procurement, that ensures women and other disadvantaged groups receive a fair share of available contracts, holds the potential for enormous benefits for all stakeholders.

    Corporations report increased profits as a result of efforts to empower women economically in developing countries including through supply chain diversity, whilst providing equitable access to public contracts contributes to development priorities such as quality healthcare, education, and infrastructure.

    The Global Platform for Action on Sourcing from Women Vendors aims to increase the share of corporate, government and institutional procurement secured by women vendors for the ultimate purpose of bringing greater economic benefit to women and their communities.

    The initiative is led by ITC with the support of WEConnect International and other partners.

     Read more here...  

  • Highlights


    (WASHINGTON, DC) – The public and private sectors need to work together to assist Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in growing their services exports, creating jobs and reducing poverty, Ms. Arancha González, Executive Director of the International Trade...


    (ADDIS ABABA) Ms. Arancha González, the Executive Director of the International Trade Centre (ITC), outlined the agency’s planned US$ 60 million African trade integration programme at the annual conference of African Union (AU) trade ministers today....


    Leaders from the business sector, government and civil society gather at the United Nations Global Compact Leaders Summit to create a framework for corporations to facilitate women’s economic success

    Ms Arancha Gonzalez attend the 60th session of UNCTAD's Trade and Development Board at UNCTAD

    The three Geneva-based trade agencies must cooperate effectively and offer complementary approaches to developing countries, the new heads of the agencies agreed. The leaders of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the United Nations Conference on Trade...