International Trade Centre

International Trade Centre & BPW


The International Trade Centre (ITC) is fully dedicated to supporting the internationalization of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It enables SMEs in developing and transition economies to become more competitive and connect to international markets for trade and investment, thus raising incomes and creating job opportunities, especially for women, young people, and poor communities.  Established in 1964, the International Trade Centre (ITC) is the joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations.

ITC Mission

ITC's mission is to foster inclusive and sustainable economic development, and contribute to achieving the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development. ITC works towards creating ‘trade impact for good’.

ITC Goals

  • Strengthen the integration of the business sector of developing countries and economies in transition into the global economy.
  • Improve the performance of trade and investment support institutions for the benefit of SMEs.
  • Improve the international competitiveness of SMEs. 

BPW Collaboration with ITC

BPW International collaborates with ITC to promote “SheTrades” to create greater opportunities for women entrepreneurs and encourage BPW members to register, connect and trade with women owned businesses.


SheTrades Global Initiative

  • SheTrades is ITC’s flagship initiative to empower women economically through trade.
  • Goal: Connect 1 million women to the market by 2020 through partnerships to build their skills and link them to trade and investment opportunities.
  • Plan: Influence change across seven pillars of action to expand opportunities for women entrepreneurs.
  • Web and Mobile Application: Enable women entrepreneurs to showcase their businesses, find partners, access trade information, and connect with markets on a free-to-use web ( and SheTrades mobile application.

Latest News


26-28 June 2018, SheTrades Global

The SheTrades Global event links women entrepreneurs with buyers, partners and investors. Previous event generated over US$ 80 millions worth of new business opportunities.

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24 October 2017

ITC at the 29th BPW International Congress in Cairo, Egypt

  1. Dorothy Tembo, ITC Deputy Executive Director, gave a talk at “High Level Panel I: “Leaders of the World EmpoweringWomen to Realize Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”.
  1. Vanessa Erogbogbo, Head of the International Trade Centre’s Women and Trade programme, held a workshop “SheTrades: Connecting to Business Opportunities”.

The workshop covered strategies to connect to international markets, gain access to financial services, and improve their business’ visibility online.  The goals are as follows:

  • Learn about procurement policies and how to benefit from them
  • Discover the SheTrades online platform
  • Access programmes delivered by SheTrades’ partners
  • Find out about upcoming SheTrades events and opportunities to connect to buyers, partners, and investors
  • Expand your network

10 April 2016

ITC at Asia-Pacific Regional Conference in Auckland, New Zealand

Ms. Arancha González, Executive Directors of ITC, was a keynote speaker at Asia-Pacific Regional Conference in Auckland, New Zealand.  Download Ms. Arancha’s speech …>>

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