Rwanda - Women In Coffee

Rwanda has a strong support system within their government along with the trade support organizations for empowering women.  Women in Rwanda seek opportuntites for advancement. They are very self-suffient and ready to explore ideas for the next step within the coffe industry.  Coffee grown in Rwanda is exceptional. The women accept challenges and are ready to accept leadership roles in their country.   

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Tanzania - Women In Coffee

Phyllis Johnson, President of BD Imports, traveled to five East African coffee producing countries, including Tanzania, on behalf of the International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA) sponsored by a grant from the International Trade Center’s Women in Trade Programme.  The objective of the trip was to offer continued support in establishing IWCA (International Women in Coffee) chapters in East Africa.  The work began in 2009 with IWCA hosting its first women in coffee workshop.  

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The 2010 World Export Development Forum

The 2010 World Export Development Forum (WEDF) held in Chongqing, China, September 9-12 brought together close to 400 participants representing 60 different countries. The forum was opened by the International Trade Center (ITC) Executive Director, Patricia Francis, and the Mayor of Chongqing Municipal Government in China, Mr. Huang Qi Fan.

Also in attendance were representatives from the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The forum topic this year was "Adapting to Post-Crisis World Trade Patterns and Lessons for Export Development". Several government officials including Ministers of Trade, non for profit organizations, corporations and critical thinkers were present.

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One of my most memorable experiences in coffee was when I received an invitation from the United Nations' International Trade Center (ITC) to attend the 43rd Joint Advisory Group (JAG) meetings at the Palais des nations Geneva. The goal of ITC is to help developing and transitioning countries achieve sustainable human development through exports. The purpose of the meetings was to examine activities of ITC and make recommendations to World Trade Organization (WTO) and United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The ITC Executive Director, Patricia Francis, opened the meetings by speaking about the importance of staying on track during a difficult world economy. "During a time when the World Bank is forecasting a 2.1% contraction in trade for 2009, many countries facing a decrease in export revenues by 50%, and the Millennium Development Goals moving further from sight, we should continue to stay focused on doing the right thing right." She outlined three key factors to building successful markets: having a long term strategy, being agile, and developing partnerships.

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Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women

The International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA) participated in the 2010 Annual Ministerial Review: Entitled: Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women- Empowering Women, Powering Trade: Integrating Women into Global Value Chains.

The review entailed a roundtable breakfast discussion at the United Nations in New York where the topic of discussion was centered on the UN development goal, "Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women". The organization received an invitation from the International Trade Center in Geneva, a United Nations and World Trade Organization affiliate organization. The breakfast was a part of the Annual Ministerial Review meetings held by the UN Economic and Social Council

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