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

Symposium Format

  • Plenary session:

Provides a platform for high level discussions focusing on emerging issues, building new ideas and sharing lived experiences based on symposium themes. The sessions will be moderated to provide a broad range of subject matter experts and discussants an opportunity to interrogate findings and share practical experiences on thematic areas.


  • Break-out sessions

Break-out sessions are interactive platforms, where presenters will engage with a small group of participants in discussing evidence from the grassroots based on the sub themes. Participants have a choice of which sessions to participate.

  • Master classes

Practical and hands-on knowledge transfer sessions hosted by subject matter experts to a select audience of practitioners and policy makers. The objective of this session is to expose participants to both theoretical and practical skills useful in designing and implementing effective, inclusive and sustainable Women in Trade programmes. Participation in the master class is by invitation only.

Key Speakers




Event Programme

18 September 2019, Nairobi Kenya

Day 1 - 18 September, 2019


Arrival and Registration


Welcome Remarks by TMEA CEO
Mr. Frank Matsaert- CEO, TMEA


Welcome Remarks
Prof Leila Choukroune, University of Portsmouth, UK

8:40- 8:50

Showcasing TMEA's Women in Trade Programming
Mr Waturi Matu TMEA Senior Director, Business Competitiveness

8:50 -9:25

Opening Session
Mr Frank Matsaert - CEO, TMEA

Fireside Chat – “Emerging Global Issues on Inclusive Trade”

Amb. Erastus Mwencha, TMEA Board Chair
H.E. Lisa Stadelbauer, Canadian High Commissioner
Ms. Dorothy Tembo, ITC Deputy Executive Director
Julius Court, Head Office, DFID
Dr. Mukhyisa Kituyi, UNCTAD Secretary General

9:25 – 9:45

Q&A/ Response from plenary,
Mr Frank Matsaert - CEO, TMEA

9:45 – 9:55

Keynote address by the Chief Guest
Hon Peter Munya - Cabinet Secretary for Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives, Kenya

9:55 – 10:05

Group Photograph

10:05 - 10:35

Tea Break


Plenary Session I
Moderator by Allen Asiimwe, Chief Technical Officer, TMEA

Topic: Regional and Continental Economic Integration – Catalysing gender equality and sustainable trade

 Research Papers  

  1. Trade Policies Supporting Women's Economic Empowerment: Trends in WTO Members
    Presenter: Anoush der Boghossian, Head of Trade and Gender Section, World Trade Organisation, Switzerland
  2. Facilitate Expansion of African International Trade to Empower Women and for Sustained Development
    Presenter: Emmanuel T. Laryea, Associate Professor, Monash University, Australia
  3. Can Regional Economic Cooperation become a springboard for women empowerment? A comparative analysis between East Africa and South Asia
    Presenter: Samir Bhattacharya, CUTS International, India

  1. Dr. Andrew Mold, Acting Director- Sub-Regional Office for Eastern Africa, UNECA
  2. Marie Angelique Umulisa, Principal Officer International Trade EAC Secretariat
  3. Nick Nesbitt, Chair East African Business Council EABC
  4. Dorothy Tuma, Chair East African Women in Business Platform

(Q&A Session)

12:35 -13:35

Lunch Break


Plenary Session II
Moderator: Ahmed Farah, Country Director Kenya Programme, TMEA

Topic: Access to Global Markets – Obstacles & Opportunities

  Research Papers

  1. Exploring the Implications of Preferential Schemes on Women (The case of EU EBA scheme with Bangladesh and the US AGOA scheme with Kenya)
    Presenter: Mona Shrestha Adhikari, International Consultant-Trade and Gender, WTO
  2. An Assessment of Effects of Compliance costs on LDCs Exports of Agricultural Products: A case of women-owned SMEs involved in groundnuts production in Malawi
    Presenter: Chimwemwe R. Mwage, Trade policy expert, Malawi
  3. Impact of import competition from China on gendered labor outcomes in Ethiopia: Evidence from firm level data
    Presenter: Ruby E. Agbenyegaz , Aarhus University, Denmark

  1. Hadija Jabir, Exporter Tanzania
  2. Jas Bedi, Chair, ACTIF
  3. Emmanuel Mutahunga, Commissioner for External Trade, Ministry of Trade and Industry Uganda
  4. Dr. Chris Kiptoo, PS State Department for Trade

(Q&A Session)


Breakout sessions

Session I
Moderator: Gloria Atuheirwe

Topic: Empowering women to trade

Research Papers

  1. Women economic empowerment: An inherent part of Aid for trade
    Presenter: Anoush der Boghossian, Head of Trade and Gender Section, World Trade Organisation, Switzerland
  2. Joint Venture as a framework for Empowering Women in Harnessing Global Trade Opportunities: Tanzania
    Presenter: Baraka Israel, College of Business Education, Tanzania
  3. The Impact of the Harmonized System in Trade Policy making. A case of Women Traders in Kikuubo Trading Center, Kampala, Uganda.
    Presenter: Sheila Kyomugisha Singiza, Uganda Revenue Authority, Uganda

Session II
Moderator: Moses Sabiiti

Topic: Lessons experiences from West Africa and South Asia

Research Papers

  1. Women in Trade in South Asia and Potential for South-South Cooperation
    Presenter: Mashfique Akbar , BRAC University, Bangladesh
  2. Impact of Trade Liberalization in West African Economic and Monetary Union: A gender analysis
    Presenter: Lesfran Sam Wanilo Agbahoungba, Economist/researcher, Regional center of excellence in generational Economy (CREG), Senegal
  3. Regional Integration and Export Supply Constraints: Evidence from ECOWAS Zone
    Presenter: Kwami Ossadzifo Wonyra, Universite of Kara, Togo

Session III
Moderator: Wanjiku Kimamo

Topic: Unpacking the gender and climate change nexus in trade


  1. Victoria Sabula
    CEO Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund
  2. Carol Karuiki
    CEO Kenya Private Sector Alliance
  3. Jeannette Gurung
    Founder and Director, Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WOCAN)
  4. Samir Bhattacharya
    CUTS International, India
  5. Edna Mudibo
    Cross Border Trade, Busia


Tea Break and Departure


High Level Dinner Hosted by Kenya Country Programme in partnership with UNECA - By Invite Only**

Event Programme

19 September 2019, Nairobi Kenya

Day 2 - 19 September, 2019

8:00 - 8:30

Arrival and Registration

8:30 - 8:40

Highlights from day 1
Christian Nisasumba, TMEA DIrector, Burundi Country Programme

8:40 - 10:40

Plenary Session III
Moderator: John Ulanga, TMEA

Topic: Addressing the legal, policy and social cultural barriers to women in trade

Research Papers

  1. Legal Framework for Inclusion of Women in Trade: Case of the United Kingdom vis a vis Kenya Presenter: Nancy Namisi Siboe, University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom
  2. Impact of the Simplified Trading Regime on Cross Border Trade in Conflicted affected areas- A Ugandan case study Presenter: Ronald Nsubuga, International Organization of Migration (IOM), Uganda
  3. Inclusion and Exclusion in Global Markets of the Oil and Gas sector
    Presenter: Beatrice N. Kinyanjui, Regional Manager, Cardno Emerging Markets Ltd, Kenya

  1. Lisa Karanja, Kenya Country Head Tony Blair Institute for Global Change
  2. Hellen Oriaro, Global Affairs Canada
  3. Prof Leila Choukroune, Univ. of Portsmouth-
  4. Finella Agnes Lams, South Sudan Women Entrepreneurs Association
  5. Ange Muyubira, Entreprenuer Burundi

10:40 - 11:10

Tea Break

11:10 - 13:00

Plenary Session IV
Moderator: Alban Odhiambo, Senior Director, Trade Environment, TMEA

Topic: ICT – An enabler for Inclusive Trade.

Research Papers

  1. Digital Formalisation of Food Vending Business in Tanzania- A Conceptual Framework
    Presenter: Nasibu Mramba, (College of Business Education, Tanzania)
  2. Challenges of Women in ICT for Trade: The Case of Female Startups in Cameroon
    Presenter: Mbipan Kwachuh Gilbert, (Ministry of Trade, Cameroon)

  1. Sylvia Mulinge
    Director Special Projects Safaricom
  2. Representative
    Twiga Foods
  3. Teta Isibo
    Inzuki Designs SME Rwanda
  4. Wanja Kiragu
    East African Online Transport Agency
  5. Jussi Hinkkanen
    Founder and CEO of Fuzu

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch Break

14:00 - 15:45

Plenary Session V
Moderator: Dr. Anthony Mveyange

Topic: Data and approaches to measure women’s economic empowerment

Research Papers

  1. Measuring and Certifying Women’s Empowerment through the W+ Standard™
    Presenter: Jeannette Gurung, WOCAN, United States
  2. Innovating Past Data Collection Obstacles for East Africa’s Women Cross-Border Traders: Evidence from Sauti East Africa
    Presenter: Lance Hadley , Sauti East Africa, Kenya

  1. Dr. Tausi Kida, Ecomomic and Social Research Foundation Tanzania
  2. Kezy Mukiri , Organization of Women in Trade
  3. P. Oriaro Weya, Innovations for Poverty Action
  4. Dr. Cleopatra Mugyenyi, Organisation of Women in Trade

15:45 - 15:55

Presentation of symposium highlights and way forward
Jennifer Wilson,Chief Results Officer, TMEA Chief Results Officer

15:55 - 16:00

Vote of Thanks/ Closing Remarks

Lisa Walker, TMEA Council Member


Tea Break and Departure

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