fostering the participation of MSMEs in Regional and Global Markets

Fostering the Participation of MSMEs in Regional and Global Markets. Philippine Mission to the WTO (PMWTO) organized the Public Forum under the Theme “Trade Works”, the working session “Fostering the Participation of MSMEs in Regional and Global Markets”. The Public Forum is the WTO’s largest annual outreach event, which provides a platform for participants to discuss the latest developments in world trade and to propose ways of enhancing the multilateral trading system. There are more than 80 working sessions and at least 10 sessions all happening at the same time, but the session on MSMEs was able to stimulate a healthy debate on why and how global cooperation would be critical in making trade work for MSMEs. The working session brought together Philippines Trade Minister Gregory Domingo (third from left), and also (from left to right) Deputy Director General of UNCTAD Mr. Joakim Reiter, International Trade Center (ITC) Executive Director Ms. Arancha Gonzalez, Senior Director for Trade and Competitiveness of the World Bank Group Ms. Anabel Gonzalez, Deputy Director General of the WTO Mr. Ziaozhun Yi, and the session moderator PMWTO Permanent Representative Ambassador Esteban Conejos, Jr. The event regularly attracts over 1,500 representatives from civil society, academia, business, the media, governments, parliamentarians and inter-governmental organizations. The public forum with its wide participation and representation is the right platform for MSMEs interests to be heard. (DTI-PRU)