SIAT Conference 2019

TradeMark East Africa in collaboration with the University of Portsmouth in the UK is organizing a symposium on Women in Trade scheduled for 17-19 September 2019 in Nairobi Kenya.
The symposium will feature several papers that bring experiences from Africa and South Asia and will be attended by Government Ministers, Trade policy experts, Academics, Civil society organizations and private sector entities.

To address these critical questions, we propose to convene the Sustainable and Inclusive Aid for Trade (SIAT) international symposium, the first of a series, to be held on September 17th -19th in 2019 in Nairobi Kenya. Among others, the symposium is expected to provide a platform for researchers, policy makers and practitioners to mutually exchange and share expertise, knowledge and experiences to shed light on some these pressing questions. The symposium shall provide a platform for sharing of rigorous applied research findings and practical experiences that can be an impetus for evidence-based policy making in the A4T arena, particularly on women participation and
empowerment in trade. Beyond promoting peer-to-peer learning on best practices and cross-pollination and fertilisation of new ideas in A4T, the outcome of this symposium is aimed at offering practical lessons that policy makers and development practitioners can pilot and experiment with as part of evidence-based policy making.

This year’s Symposium shall focus on Inclusive Participation of Women in Trade for Sustainable Development. It will bring together policy makers & practitioners, researchers and development partners to deliberate innovative, theoretical and practical approaches that can be used to inform design of inclusive and sustainable trade programmes.

Deliberations will largely be informed by a selection of research papers and policy papers based on the following sub-themes:
1. Access to global markets
2. Regional and continental economic integration
3. Legal, policy, institutional and socio-cultural barriers
4. ICT for trade, poverty and climate change
5. Data and approaches to measure economic empowerment
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