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Trailblazers Summit, Istanbul

31 August

International Trade Centre's Women & Trade Flagship Event

UPDATE: Due to circumstances beyond our control this event has been postponed.

We are so delighted to be executive producing the International Trade Centre's Women & Trade Programme's Trailblazer Summit 31 August in Istanbul. (And the Opening and Closing Ceremonies September 1 & 2 of the Women Vendors Exhibition and Forum.)

The Trailblazer’s Summit is an invitation only, one day flagship ITC event that brings together one hundred top policy makers, Fortune 500 procurement executives, institutional leaders investors and women-owned businesses from around the world to discuss policies and actions needed to transform public and private sector procurement opportunities and capacity building into tools to support women's economic empowerment, develop cutting edge solutions, and encourage multi-stakeholder collaboration.

An amazing group is being assembled that currently includes Nigeria's First Lady, Liberian Gender Minister, Turkey's Minister of Economy, others from Oxford University, UK; Thomson Reuters, Switzerland; International Finance Corporation, the World Bank Group; School of Policy, Government and International Affairs, George Mason University, USA; Federation University Australia; Sidley Austin LLP, Switzerland, BPW, Turkey,

The programme includes short burst panels dealing with how to :

Champion. Quality Data

New thinking on collection, analysis and dissemination of data to develop policies and programmes that impact and advance women’s economic empowerment.

Enact. Fair Policies

The development and implementation of trade-related policies that address gender-based inequalities and deliver for all.

Secure. Government Contracts

Significantly increasing women entrepreneurs’ participation in the US$13T public procurement market. Good practices examining how governments can move the needle.

Strike. Business Deals

Substantially expanding women entrepreneurs’ participation in corporate procurement leading the way forward towards sustainable and inclusive value chains.

Enable. Market Access

Creating a more conducive business environment improving the competitiveness of women entrepreneurs to grow and succeed in trade.

Unlock. Financial Services

Leveraging innovation and technology and taking bold steps to narrow the gap in women’s access to financial services.

Grant. Ownership Rights

Ensuring women’s ownership rights in particular those that make it possible for them to start and grow their businesses, and secure investment to internationalize.

Leverage. The Pillars

Group discussion on synergies, collaborations and action points going forward.

INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS include: UN Global Compact; Vital Voices; WeConnect International; WIPP Women Impacting Public Policy International; UN Women; WIT Women in Technology; IWC; Quantum Leaps and others

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