SheTrades Global 2019 will be held in conjunction with World Export Development Forum (WEDF) at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 18-22 November 2019.

SheTrades Global is ITC’s flagship event on women and the economy, serving as a unique opportunity to pioneer lasting and innovative solutions for women’s participation in trade.

Previous editions of SheTrades Global, held in the United Kingdom, Turkey, Brazil, Rwanda, Mexico, and China, included representatives from over 85 countries and generated over US$ 67 million of new business for women entrepreneurs. Events featured high-level panels with many of the world’s leading companies, government officials, and first ladies as well as 4000 pre-scheduled B2B meetings, mentoring sessions with industry specialists, a tech challenge, and a showcase room.

SheTrades Global 2019

On 19 November 2019, thought-leaders will convene in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for SheTrades Global 2019 to chart the next milestone in transforming the global agenda on women and trade.

2020 marks the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and two years since the launch of Buenos Aires Declaration on Trade and Women’s Economic Empowerment. Significant efforts have been made to speed up progress on women’s participation in the economy and trade. To move the needle, collaborative and innovative strategies are necessary to ensure systematic and sustainable change.

SheTrades Global will feature talks by high-level officials of the African Union Commission and Government of Ethiopia as well as conversations with Trade Ministers, first ladies, and core private sector partners. Themes that will be discussed include how free trade agreements catalyze more inclusive trade for women, with a spotlight on the African Continental Free Trade Area; innovative tools that promote trade and women’s economic empowerment such as the SheTrades Outlook; and priorities that SheTrades private sector partners are acting upon.

SheTrades Global will be preceded by two days of closed workshops where women’s business associations will discuss how the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) can deliver economic opportunities for women. In addition, key SheTrades partners will discuss business models to deliver together on shared goals.

WEDF 2019

All participants will be automatically registered for the International Trade Centre’s World Export Development Forum (WEDF) 2019 from 20-22 November 2019. WEDF 2019 will feature B2B meetings, networking, and high-level panel discussions on investing in value addition, addressing skills mismatch, and promoting sustainable production, with a focus on women and youth.


ALL ATTENDEES should register for SheTrades Global and World Export Development Forum (WEDF) here:

ITC SheTrades will be covering accommodation (from 18-21 November) for a limited number of women entrepreneurs to attend SheTrades Global and Business-to-Business (B2B) meetings.

Who is eligible to apply?

Women-owned businesses operating in the agricultural and agro-processing sectors. The B2B event will welcome commercial farmers, manufacturers, exporters, importers, wholesalers, retailers and investors interested in selling, buying or investing in the following products: meat, fish and dairy products, agricultural crops, cereals, fruits, vegetables and oil seeds.

If your business is eligible and you wish to apply to have accommodation covered, please complete this form and upload a copy of your passport:

Those selected to have accommodation covered will be contacted via email with further details.

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