Nairobi is set to host the 18th chapter of the Organisation of Women in International Trade (OWIT) Conference October 25th at the Intercontinental Hotel. The theme of the conference is bridging the gap; empowering businesses to go global. 

The conference will comprise of a capacity-building workshop on the first day, targeting women entrepreneurs who are looking for markets across borders. The workshop will be limited to women who have a product that could be exported.

Day 2 will comprise of a conference where trade practitioners and policy makers from around the world will discuss challenges that hinder upscaling to the global trade arena, key among them;

  • Lack of credit
  • Access to trade-related information
  • Limited capacity in terms of knowledge and skills
  • Limited participation and representation in trade policy-related positions.

“We have selected Nairobi to host this year’s conference because we acknowledge Kenya’s vast potential to engage in global trade,” said Mucha Mlingo, President, OWIT Nairobi Chapter. “As a global organisation solely comprising of women in international trade, we are aware of the challenges that women in global trade have to face. This conference is an opportunity for different actors to come together and find solutions to these challenges while providing a platform to network and interact.”

Established in 1989, the Organisation of Women in International Trade (OWIT), is a global organisation of women in international trade and business. OWIT also supports a virtual chapter for individuals involved in international trade and businesses who do not have access to a local OWIT chapter where they reside or work. Nairobi is the second OWIT chapter in Africa after Cairo.