WTO Public Forum 2021: Building Resilience to Bridge Trade Gaps through Digital Transformation

Mexico - 1 October 2021

Trade topics: Gender and Trade

Panellist 1
First Name: Stephen
Last Name: Fevrier
Title: Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Delegation and Head of Mission of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States to the United Nations in Geneva
Organization: Organization of Eastern Caribbean States to the United Nations in Geneva

Panellist 2
First Name: Chris
Last Name: Southworth
Title: Secretary General, International Chamber of Commerce UK & Director of the Secretariat for the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Trade and Export Promotion
Organization: International Chamber of Commerce

Panellist 3
First Name: Susan
Last Name: Barton
Title: Team Leader - Trade and Gender Equality
Organization: UK Department of Trade

Panellist 4
First Name: Dr. Amrita
Last Name: Bahri
Title: Assistant Professor of International Trade Law at ITAM and Co-Chair Professor for WTO Chair Program (Mexico)
Organization: ITAM Mexico

Session abstract:
The Organisation of Women in International Trade, UK Chapter (OWIT UK) and Women’s Economic Imperative (WEIForward) are hosting a joint working session during this year's WTO Public Forum. This session will look at ways in which government and private enterprise can collaborate to ensure the broadest range of opportunities remain open to all women to acquire digital skills, build resilience and ensure sustainable growth in international trade following the disruptions and further inequalities in supply chains caused by the pandemic. The panel discussion will feature expert representatives from the UK Government, NGOs, inter-governmental organizations and global trade experts. Outcomes from the session will suggest possible collaborative areas such as digital transformation and solutions which can then be implemented and shared as best practice globally.