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About WEDF

  • aabout wedf

    The World Export Development Forum (WEDF) is a unique global platform dedicated to supporting trade-led development.  

    WEDF provides an issue-focused setting for policymakers, trade & investment support institutions and business leaders to gain practical understanding in trade competitiveness. It also provides unparalleled opportunities for business operators to network and meet with potential partners. Organized by the International Trade Centre (ITC), the only United Nations organization with an exclusive focus on assisting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to internationalize, WEDF is dedicated to the development of SMEs.

    WEDF will bring together over 600 senior national and international policymakers, heads of trade support organizations, business leaders and representatives of international agencies. Through high-level plenaries, workshops and facilitated business-to-business meetings, participants will increase their practical knowledge in the latest innovations, processes and policies, and establish new partnerships and contacts.

    WEDF themes over 17 years

    2016 Trade for Success: Connect, Compete, Change

    2015 Sustainable Trade: Innovate, Invest, Internationalize

    2014 SMEs: Creating jobs through trade

    2012 Linking growth markets: New dynamics in global trade

    2011 Private sector engagement with LDCs for tourism-led growth and inclusive sustainable development

    2010 Adapting to post-crisis world trade patterns, and lessons for export development

    2008 Consumer Conscience: How Environment and Ethics are Influencing Exports

    2007 Bringing Down the Barriers – Charting a Dynamic Export Development Agenda

    2006 Export Development and Poverty Reduction: Linkages and Implications for Export Strategy-Makers

    2005 Export of Services: Hype or High Potential? Implications for Strategy-Makers

    2004 Competitiveness through Public-Private Partnership: Successes and Lessons Learned

    2003 Business for Development: Implications for Strategy-Makers

    2002 Managing Competitive Advantage: The Values of National Strategy

    2001 Is Your Trade Support Network Working?

    2000 Export Development and the Digital Economy

    1999 Redefining Trade Promotion – The Need for a Strategic Response


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    If you are interested in learning more about WEDF, please contact us at wedf[at]intracen.org