2019 SheTrades in the Commonwealth programme

Deadline: February 15, 2019.

The SheTrades in the Commonwealth programme aims to increase economic growth and job creation in Commonwealth countries by increasing the participation of women-owned businesses in international trade. The project is funded by the UK Department for International Development and implemented by the International Trade Centre (ITC) under the framework of the SheTrades Initiative.




1. Women Owned Business (WOB)- If your company/cooperative is at least 30% owned, managed and controlled by women; legally registered and incorporated company domiciled in Bangladesh, Ghana, Kenya, and Nigeria. Operating in one or several of the indicated sectors:Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and Bangladesh.

2. Business Support Organization (BSO) – If you are a trade and investment support institution, e.g. export promotion organisations, chambers of commerce; women’s associations; and sector associations etc.

3. Corporation– If you are a company/foundation/academia interested in sourcing, investing and/or sharing and exchanging with women entrepreneurs



Under the SheTrades in the Commonwealth programme, selected women-owned businesses, business support organizations and corporations will benefit from a wide range of opportunities to expand their business and jointly advance women economic empowerment.


1. For Women-Owned Business

  • Get connected to potential buyers, investors, suppliers and business support organizations;
  • Learn new skills to boost your business potential through our free-of-cost and tailored  e-learning courses, on-site workshops and webinars;
  • Receive support to attend national, regional and international trade fairs;
  • Participate in B2B meetings;
  • Increase your visibility and enlarge your network in international markets.

2. Business-Support Organization

  • Increase your visibility and expand your network in the international arena;
  • Benefit from customised capacity building activities;
  • Expand your portfolio of services offered to women-led SMEs;
  • Contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals and support women’s economic empowerment;
  • Share, exchange and learn from other institutions.

3. Corporation

  • Connect with over 3000 women-owned businesses from Bangladesh, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria and expand your pool of suppliers;
  • Identify unique and innovative businesses opportunities;
  • Learn, share and exchange with key businesses, governments and institutions;
  • Support the UN Sustainable Development Goals by empowering women;
  • Develop new partnerships and increase your visibility in emerging markets.




SheTrades in the Commonwealth programme

  • Uchechi Victoria Daniel December 4, 2019 10:06 am

    This is a great opportunity for me.

  • Uchechi Victoria Daniel December 4, 2019 10:07 am

    This is a great opportunity for me

  • Khadijah December 13, 2019 4:56 am

    How can I apply please

  • Hon. Mrs. Emem Nancy Akpan December 17, 2019 8:51 am

    It great opportunity for me to key in

  • Hon. Mrs. Emem Nancy Akpan December 17, 2019 8:53 am

    It a great opportunity for me to key in

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