12:00-12:05hrs  –  Introduction to WISTA Trade Committee Launch

Naa Densua Aryeetey, WISTA International Executive Committee Member

12:05-12:15hrs  –  Welcome address and Purpose of Trade Committee

Paula Pasten Cavallo, WISTA Chile and Chair of the WISTA International Trade Committee, Founder of Click and Connect

12:15-12:25hrs  –  Keynote Remarks & Declaration of the Launch of the WISTA Trade Committee

Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou, WISTA International President, Co-CEO Tototheo Maritime


Discussion on Trade Facilitation, SMEs, Gender & ESG

Introduction of Panelists – by Moderator (Naa Densua Aryeetey)


12:30-12:50hrs   –  Trade Facilitation and Gender

  • Rhodalyn Djanitey, WISTA Ghana – Challenges for SMEs and Gender specific issues
  • Demitta Chiwunde Gyang, AfCFTA Secretariat – Role in Trade Facilitation and Gender
  • Christel Laure Beda Annequin, TFWA – Work of Trade facilitation for West Africa

12:55-13:150hrs  –  State of the industry / Education and Training

  • Muriel Maurizzio, WISTA Argentina – How the status of the industry affects to SMEs, the need for education and training
  • Ricardo Sanchez, UN ECLAC – Shipping Industry and Ocean rates

13:20-13:40hrs   –  Digitalization

  • Sanjam Gupta, WISTA India – How Digitalization is impacting the SMEs and what are the Gaps to cover
  • Shubhangi Poddar, WEF – Importance of Digitalization in the current state of the Trade Industry

13:45-14:05hrs   –  ESG and Trade Facilitation for SMEs

  • Gina Panayiotou, WISTA UK – How ESG can facilitate SMEs within the evolving Trade Facilitation arena
  • Tuina de Benito, UNCTAD – Tools and digital platforms from UNCTAD for trade facilitation – ASYCUDA program

14:10-14:20hrs   –  Q&A


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