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  • As micro, small and medium sized enterprises emerge stronger from the aftermath of COVID-19, the International Trade Centre, together with its partners, celebrates the pivotal role that these resilient entrepreneurs play in strengthening the global economy.

    Here is a low-down on our endeavours to acknowledge their contributions as the world marks the Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Day this year.

        Fireside chat: Supporting Small

        Business Recovery

    A timely and powerful conversation on supporting small business through a global pandemic, between Elina Vilk, Director and Head of Small Business Marketing, Facebook and Pamela Coke-Hamilton, Executive Director, International Trade Centre.

    Date and time: Thursday 1 July, 18:00 CEST

    Watch the event live on ITC Facebook.


    The event: MSMEs: Key to an inclusive and sustainable recovery

    A live panel discussion with entrepreneurs from Argentina, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya and Senegal who will share insights on how they contribute to an inclusive and sustainable recovery. In high-level plenary segments, leaders from government, international organizations, business support organizations, and the private sector will share priorities to support MSMEs on this path. The event is hosted by the International Trade Centre, together with the Permanent Mission of Argentina to the United Nations in New York, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), the International Council for Small Business (ISCB), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). The full programme with the list of speakers will be shared soon.

    Date and time: 28 June 14:00-16:30 CEST

    Link: Register here for the ZOOM session or watch the event live on UN Web TV.


    The challenge: Digital Champions for Small Business
    Friday 25 June, 14:00-14:30 CEST, on Zoom

    We are calling business support organizations and non-governmental organizations to submit innovative ideas that helps small, exporting businesses in going digital.  

    Organized by the World Trade Organization’s Informal Group of Micro, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, together with the International Chamber of Commerce and the International Trade Centre, the initiative will be officially launched on 25 June at 14:00 CEST through a Zoom event.

    WTO Director General Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala ITC Executive Director, Pamela Coke-Hamilton, ICC Secretary General John Denton and Ambassador José-Luis Cancela, Chair of the Informal Group of Micro, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises will share information on the initiative while a Zoom representative will reveal the prize to be awarded to the winning proposal.

    Winners will be announced at the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference in Geneva from 30 November to 3 December 2021.

    Date and time: 25 June at 14:00 CEST

    Link: Webinar Registration - Zoom


    The TV talk show: ITC Executive Director and business leaders discuss a greener way forward as 2021 SME Competitiveness Outlook report is released  

    Live from Leman Blue TV studios, Claire Doole will interview Pamela Coke-Hamilton on the main findings and key recommendations from the 2021 SME Competitiveness Outlook.

    Representatives from small businesses, governments, business support organizations and lead firms in international value chains will join the conversation, including:

    • Juliet Namujju, Founder, Kimuli Fashionability, Uganda
    • Jamico Jamlang, Founder and Managing Director, The Bamboo Company, The Philippines
    • Pedro Beirute Prada, CEO, Procomer, Costa Rica
    • Philip von der Goltz, Managing Partner, List + Beisler, Germany

    The show can be watched live on Thursday, 24 June, from 15:00-15:45, on the ITC Facebook and LinkedIn pages.

    For more information, please contact pak@intracen.org


    The campaign: Stories from entrepreneurs

    From South Asia to the Pacific islands and from Africa to the Middle-East, micro, small and medium-sized enterprises are drivers of economic growth everywhere. We share compelling stories of entrepreneurs who braved all odds and took-off to navigate through recent challenges while ensuring employment, income and inclusiveness.

    Meet these inspiring men, women and youth as they pursue growth and prosperity. Enjoy text, videos, images on our website and social media channels. Make your own campaign with the digital assets available on the Trello board.




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