Buenos Aires Declaration on Trade and Women's Economic Empowerment

Workshop on Enhancing the Participation of Women Entrepreneurs and Traders in Government Procurement

Hosted by the Republic of Moldova
Organized in cooperation with the WTO, ITC and EBRD

At the WTO’s 11th Ministerial Conference, the majority of WTO Members joined the Buenos Aires Declaration on Trade and Women’s Economic Empowerment. Building on the momentum achieved by this important achievement, signatories are beginning to translate the Declaration into meaningful action.

The Workshop will look at government procurement markets and their importance for inclusive economic development.

Speakers will discuss the links between trade, government procurement and women empowerment. They will also review the role of the Government Procurement Agreement and explore the economic opportunities created by it. 

Best practices and experiences of WTO Members on government procurement will also be presented.

The workshop is co-organised by Republic of Moldova, the International Trade Centre (ITC), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), and the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Background: The Buenos Aires Declaration on Trade and Women’s Economic Empowerment was launched at the WTO’s 11th Ministerial Conference under the leadership of Sierra Leone, Iceland, ITC,  the International Gender Champions’ Trade Impact Group and the WTO. At that time, 118 WTO members and observers signed the Declaration.

 

Programme

Opening Session

Government procurement markets and their importance for inclusive economic development: relevance for the Buenos Aires Declaration, Trade and Women's Economic Empowerment 10:00 – 10:30

Moderators:

  • H.E. Mr. François Xavier Ngarambe, Permanent Representative to the WTO of Rwanda

Speakers:

  • Roberto Azevêdo, WTO Director-General
    Speech
  • Arancha González, ITC Executive Director
    Presentation
  • Norbert Seiler, Deputy General Counsel, EBRD
  • Corina Cojocaru, Chargée d'affaires to the WTO Permanent Mission of the Republic of Moldova
    Presentation

Audio

Session 1

Understanding the links between trade, government procurement and women empowerment: What are the economic opportunities? What is the role of the GPA? 10:30 – 11:15

Moderators:

  • Ms. Anoush der Boghossian, WTO Trade and Gender Focal Point

Speakers:

  • Anna Caroline Müller, Legal Affairs Officer, WTO
    Presentation
  • Eliza Niewiadomska, Senior Counsel, Public Procurement, EBRD
    Presentation
  • Viorica Pricop, State Secretary, Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Moldova
    Presentation
  • Paola Subacchi, Senior Research Fellow Chatham House

Audio

Session 2

Enhancing the Participation of Women Owned and Women Led Businesses in Government Procurement: Practical Lessons and Country Experience 11:15 – 12:30

Moderators:

  • Ms. Corina Cojocaru, Chargée d'affaires to the WTO Permanent Mission of the Republic of Moldova

Speakers:

  • Trinidad Inostroza, Director of ChileCompra
    Presentation
  • Lee Sanghoon, Head of Research Department, Senior Research Fellow, Korea Institute of Procurement
    Presentation
  • Patric Aeberhard, Equal Pay Expert, Federal Office for Gender Equality, Switzerland
    Presentation
  • Gloria Ndekei, Trustee and In Charge, Women Programmes, Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA)
    Presentation
  • Mariana Rufa, Director of the European Business  Association, Moldova

Conclusion and closing

12:30 – 13:00

Speakers:

  • John Newham, Government Procurement Committee Chair and Deputy Permanent Representative to the WTO, Ireland
    Presentation

Audio

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