Building capacity to help Africa trade better

Women traders in the AfCFTA event – Expo 2020 Dubai


Women traders in the AfCFTA event – Expo 2020 Dubai

Women traders in the AfCFTA event – Expo 2020 Dubai

The Women Traders in the AfCFTA, a partnership formed by ICC, UPS, Trade Law Centre (tralac), and West Blue Consulting, met at Expo 2020 Dubai to support women-led SMEs in Africa.

Launched in February 2021, the partnership offers capacity building programmes and tools, including co-developed trade and information portals called “e-Trade Hubs,” advocates for enabling public policy, and creating electronic guidelines to help women entrepreneurs scale-up and digitise their businesses.

The one-day event brought together AfCFTA entrepreneurs, innovators and business leaders – both in-person and virtually – to discuss shared challenges, obstacles, and success stories. Taking place on October 16, 2021, the event offered a platform to celebrate inspirational development journeys, showcase innovative products and services, and create new network opportunities for upscaling businesses and entering new marketplaces.

Women Traders in the AfCFTA at Expo 2020

Some key quotes:

“The Protocols on Women and E-Commerce [are] key to ensure that the AfCFTA trade governance agenda contributes meaningfully to women’s economic empowerment in a competitive digital economy” - Trudi Hartzenberg

“We need to do everything in our power to ensure that [women] are provided with the tools and resources to outlast this crisis and fortify their operations for the future” - John W.H. Denton AO International Chamber of Commerce

“In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, policymakers and business leaders must to step up to enable the digitalisation of women-led MSMEs in Africa” - Valentina Mintah West Blue Consulting

“Both the future of Africa and global trade depend on providing [women] entrepreneurs and innovators the tools they need to realize their business dreams” - Laura Lane UPS


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