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Ms. Meg Jones, Programme Manager, Women and Trade, ITC International Parliamentary Conference on the Millenium Development Goals London, 30 November 2011.

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1 Ms. Meg Jones, Programme Manager, Women and Trade, ITC International Parliamentary Conference on the Millenium Development Goals London, 30 November 2011 Partnership with the Private Sector

2 Export Impact for Good ITC’s MISSION ITC improves small business export success in developing countries by providing, with partners, sustainable and inclusive trade development solutions to exporters, trade support institutions and policymakers ITC’s STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES PolicymakersPolicymakers Support policymakers in integrating the private sector into the global economy ExportersExporters Strengthen the international competitiveness of enterprises in developing countries and transition economies Trade Support InstitutionsTrade Support Institutions Develop the capabilities of trade service providers to support exporters 2

3 3 Increased gender equality Women have better access to markets Mother’s greater control over decision-making in the household Increased women’s labour force participation, productivity and earnings Improved children’s well-being Income/Consumption expenditure Differential savings Better health and educational attainment & greater productivity as adults Current poverty reduction and economic growth Future poverty reduction and economic growth Women have better education and health Economic development and poverty reduction Gender Equality, Poverty and Economic Growth (2007), Morrison, Andrew, Dhushyanth Raju, Nistha Sinha. Washington DC. World Bank

4 Women and Trade Programme - Demand for Women Exporters 4 National initiatives in government procurement Limited data on government procurement from women The majority of the Fortune 500 corporations in the USA have programs to source from diverse suppliers 80% require first and second level suppliers to report on the diversity of their USA suppliers* 65% intend to develop global supplier diversity programs in the next 5 years* * SOURCE: WEConnect International 2011

5 Women and Trade Programme – Support through Trade Policy Mapping gender based constraints to trade and women’s economic activity in development planning: -Enhanced Integrated Framework; Tier I, DTISs, Action Matrices and Tier II Project proposals - Gender Sensitive National Export Strategies - Gender sensitive value chain analyses informing sector strategies 5

6 Women and Trade Programme – Working with TSIs International Federation of Business and Professional Women - Annual survey to ascertain economic activity of members - Linking buyers and sellers through partnership in the Global Platform for Action International Women’s Coffee Alliance - Establishing chapters in East and Central Africa - Leadership and Mentoring Programming launching in Q Women’s coffee brand under development - Improved access to financial services Women in International Construction and Real Estate Development - Outcome of the Global Platform’s Women Vendors Exhibition and Forum - Linking women in construction to leverage procurement possibilities and advocate inclusion of women in the value chain 6

7 The Global Platform for Action on Sourcing from Women Vendors Launched September 2010 at ITC’s World Export Development Forum 350 members, a combined network of over 50,000 business and professional women, growing number of trade support institutions, annual purchasing power of over USD700 billion Global Women Vendors Exhibition & Forum in China September 2011 Forum and Exhibition in Indonesia at ITC’ s World Export Development Forum, 2012 Commitments Create shared value by sourcing from women vendors that offer competitive products and services; Promote the benefits of sourcing from women vendors, educating multinational corporations on the business case and return on investment; Share knowledge on policies and practices to increase sourcing from women vendors; Support, initiate or improve efforts to integrate women vendors into value chains; and Report to the Platform for Action Steering Committee on activities and impact via an annual survey 7

8 Government Procurement as a Critical Lever for Development 8 Government Procurement is significant, often comprising up to 15% of GDP ITC and WTO, Government Procurement Roundtable on Sourcing from Women Vendors, 17 December 2011, Geneva

9 Further information Meg Jones Women and Trade Programme Manager International Trade Centre (Office) (Mobile) 9


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