TRADE FOR SUCCESS: CONNECT, COMPETE, CHANGE
Colombo, Sri Lanka – 12-13 October 2016
The World Export Development Forum (WEDF) is a unique global conference and business-to-business matchmaking event dedicated to supporting trade-led development.
As the flagship event of the International Trade Centre (ITC), WEDF brings together over 600 senior policymakers, business leaders, and representatives of trade and investment support institutions and international trade agencies to address trade competitiveness topics and to establish new partnerships.
The 16th edition of WEDF will be co-hosted by ITC and the Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade of Sri Lanka through the Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB).
ITC is the only United Nations organization with an exclusive focus on assisting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to internationalize. In Sri Lanka, where 91% of businesses are SMEs, EDB is the key agency promoting linkages to international markets and partners.
Sri Lanka has surpassed most of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) targets set for 2015 and is today a middle-income country offering new trade and investment opportunities at a strategic location along the new maritime Silk Road in the Indian Ocean.
Trade for Success: Connect, Compete, Change
Under the theme ‘Trade for Success: Connect, Compete, Change’, WEDF 2016 will focus on helping SMEs flourish in regional and global value chains against the backdrop of new trade realities: the digitalization of the global economy, dramatic shifts in consumer demand and buying power, and new patterns of regional integration.