The International Trade Centre (ITC) and UPS have partnered to deliver a series of training seminars and workshops for women business owners in Mexico, Nigeria, Vietnam and the United Arab Emirates.
The workshops contribute to ITC SheTrades’ commitment, in collaboration with UPS, to connect 3-million women to the global marketplace by 2021.
The workshops’ primary objective is to increase participants’ understanding of trade and exporting, as well as their knowledge of key logistics concepts for exporting.
Additionally, the workshops aim to raise awareness among women-owned businesses (WOBs) in the respective countries about the opportunities available through ITC SheTrades and the UPS Women Exporters Program.
According to independent research commissioned by the International Trade Centre (ITC), only one out of five export businesses are led by women.
With the same research showing that export-focused small businesses tend to be more successful and that women tend to invest up to 90% of their income in their children’s health and education, helping women entrepreneurs build their export capabilities has the potential to reduce intergenerational cycles of poverty.
The joint ITC-UPS training will be ideal for women entrepreneurs looking to overcome barriers to exporting or increasing their exports, as well as those looking to explore how to improve the packaging of their goods or understand complex logistics concepts.
ITC and UPS will work with a range of national partners to deliver the training, including Dubai Exports, the Nigerian Export Promotion Council, Asociación Nacional de Mujeres Empresarias, 10,000 Mújeres por México, COMCE, Vietrade, and the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
To participate in the training, applicants must meet the following criteria: (1a) be an employee of a company at least 30% owned, managed and controlled by a woman or women, or; (1b) be a woman who owns a legally registered and incorporated company; and (2) reside in one of the participating countries: Mexico, Nigeria, Vietnam or the United Arab Emirates.
Women meeting these criteria can register with the SheTrades program.