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    Women and the Global Marketplace: Policy Forum


    International Trade Forum - Issue 3-4/2008 

    From Canada to Cambodia and more, policy-makers in this online edition share inspiration to integrate women in pro-poor national development frameworks.

    Cambodians make a forceful case for coordination between ministries and responsible stakeholders. Canada's push for equality is backed by research showing that equal opportunity could bring the country $168 billion more in income, an extra 1.6 million jobs for women and a whopping 21% increase in its Gross Domestic Product. Similarly, Ugandans just revisited their National Export Strategy to leverage the power of women to generate wealth and fight poverty.

    Reducing poverty can only happen with sustainable revenue that comes from trade, not aid. A hidden key to success in least developed countries is to get the trade diagnostics right - and identify trade constraints specific to women. The Enhanced Integrated Framework offers a means of addressing such constraints, weaving solutions into national development plans.


    Corporate supplier diversity programmes present enormous opportunities for women entrepreneurs to plug into global value chains. In this issue AT&T reveal they spend over $2 billion with women-owned enterprises each year and can trace $26 billion in annual revenue to their Supplier Diversity Programme. This is not philanthropy.

    With a window into new policy-making approaches, introductions to change agents - especially women's business associations - and profiles of the power of women's entrepreneurship, I hope this issue inspires you to act for women's economic empowerment through trade in 2009.

    For our part, on International Women's Day, in March, ITC is launching the Women and Trade Programme. This will help us to improve our outreach and deepen our contribution to Export Impact for Good. We encourage you to work with us.

    Patricia Francis
    Executive Director
    International Trade Centre