World Export Development Forum (WEDF) 2017 to be held in Budapest, Hungary, on 25-26 October.
(Geneva-Budapest) – Registration for the World Export Development Forum (WEDF) 2017 in Budapest, Hungary, on 25-26 October, is now open. This year’s event will explore how trade can be a force for good at a time when global challenges – economic, social and environmental – are changing the way trade works. The focus will be on how the 99% can better benefit from local, regional and global trade.
In addition to discussing how the benefits of trade can be shared more equitably, the conference will look at new regional trade routes such as the One Belt, One Road Initiative and similar channels in Africa and Latin America. It will include sessions on expanding digital trade (e-commerce) and the overall importance of innovation in becoming competitive.
Environmental sustainability will be an important theme of the Forum with sessions on ‘green’ business and turning waste into wealth. In addition, participants will learn how to move from agriculture to agribusiness and how to grow from a start-up to a successful international business.
WEDF will provide a platform for 500 business leaders, ministers and other policymakers, heads of trade and investment support institutions, and leaders of international agencies to share the latest trends and best practices. The event will be co-hosted by the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary.
In addition to policy discussions and practical workshops, facilitated business-to-business (B2B) meetings with a focus on agricultural technologies, agricultural crops and oil seeds will give national and international companies the opportunity to network and make deals on 24 and 25 October.
Innovative solutions for the agro-sector will be pitched by finalists of a young entrepreneurs’ competition selected in partnership with the Accelerate 2030 Initiative and Design Terminal, a Hungarian incubator.
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Participants, including members of the media, are invited to register online as soon as possible. Registration for the event is free; participation is subject to confirmation by the organizers. Visa information is provided on the WEDF website and upon registration.
International Trade Centre
ITC is the joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations. ITC assists small and medium-sized enterprises in developing and transition economies to become more competitive in global markets, thereby contributing to sustainable economic development within the frameworks of the Aid-for-Trade agenda and the United Nations’ Global Goals for Sustainable Development. For more information, visit www.intracen.org. Follow ITC on Twitter: @ITCnews.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary
The Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade comprises all institutions dealing with specific areas of economic diplomacy: trade development, investment promotion, export financing and insurance, Joint Economic Committees and trade and economic representation abroad. It places particular emphasis on encouraging foreign investment and facilitating external trade to support Hungary’s open economy. Hungary considers economic diplomacy and promotion of its offering a priority.
For further information, please contact:
International Trade Centre
Jarle Hetland, Media Officer
T: +41 22 730 0145
M: +41 79 582 9180
Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
T: +36 1 458 1409
Source: International Trade Centre