"Women and Youth:

The Engine of AfCFTA Trade in Africa"

Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre – JNICC
Dar Es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania

Welcome to the

AfCFTA Conference on Women
and Youth In Trade

The continental AfCFTA Conference on Women and Youth in Trade will be convened under the patronage of H.E. Samia Suluhu Hassan, President of the United Republic of Tanzania and Champion of Women and Youth in Trade under the AfCFTA. The AfCFTA Conference on Women and Youth in Trade, organized in conjunction with the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania under the theme “Women and Youth: The Engine of AfCFTA Trade in Africa”, will be convened from 12 to 14 September 2022, in Dar-Es-Salam, United Republic of Tanzania at the Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre. The Conference, which will take place in a hybrid format and in accordance with the COVID 19 protocols in force in the United Republic of Tanzania, will provide a platform to interrogate how the findings of the consultations and surveys can be transformed into a people’s Protocol that facilitates the engagement and participation of women and youth in trade.

The Conference will host Heads of State and Governments; Ministers responsible for Trade and Gender; Development Partners; Women and Youth entrepreneurs and Businesses; policymakers – and is envisaged to be a landmark event that provides the opportunity to take stock of progress in implementing policies and programmes to enhance the capacities of women and youth in trade.

The thematic focus will be on a range of six (6) key pillars that constitute a part of the sectors in which women and youth are engaged.  These include the following:

  • Women and youth in Leadership – A fireside chat with African female leaders
  • Women and youth Financial Inclusion
  • Trade Facilitation, Women and Youth
  • Creative Industries, Women and Youth
  • Women and Youth in Trade and the Digital Space
  • Integration of Women and Youth in regional value chains
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Event Schedule

12 September - 14th September, 2022

8:00 – 9:00Registration of participants
9:00 - 9:30 Arrival of guests (Cultural Display)

 

9:30 - 09:50

Session I

Introduction of Guest Speakers - MC (10 minutes)

09:50 – 10:00

Poetry  - Apiokor Ashong (TBC)

 

10:00 – 10:10Video presentation (Global women) – UN Women (TBC)
10:10 – 10:45Remarks– UNDP, UN Women and UNECA Head (TBC) (TBC)
10:45 – 11:00Introduction of H.E Wamkele Mene
11:00 – 11:20H.E Wamkele Mene (Secretary General) – Opening statement  and introduction of Keynote Speaker
11:20 – 12:00Keynote speaker – President of Tanzania, H.E. Samia Suluhu Hassan

12:00 – 12:30

 

30 minutes

Group photo and health break

 

12:30 – 13:30

30 Minutes

Session I

Round table discussions

Topic: Supporting Women and Youth Leadership in Trade

Fireside Chat between the President and Vice Presidents, SG, Heads of Agencies

Moderated by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tanzania

Outline:

●      What potential personal or professional barriers might be impacting women from reaching the highest levels of leadership?

●      How do we support the next generation of women to take leadership positions in business?

●      How can women in leadership impact the advancement of trade? What can be done to encourage women to pursue leadership?

●      How can we show return on investment for companies to become parent-smart employers?

●      What can governments do to support women’s leadership in business?

●      How can companies promote women’s leadership in their supplier and distributor networks?

●      How can the participation and engagement of women be improved in the policy space and in decision making?

45 minutes Plenary discussions/reflections
13:30 – 14:30Lunch break

14:30 – 16:00

 

30 minutes panel discussion

Session II

Topic “Promoting Financial Inclusion for Women and Youth in Trade”

 

Moderated by (TBC)

14:30 – 14 – 40

 

Welcome Remarks
14:40 – 15:00 Video presentation (access to funds)
15:00 – 15:30

Roundtable discussion

Outline

 

What is the landscape of financing women and youth in trade and what is the extent of the challenge?  What are the main constraints that impede women and youth’s access to finance?

·      What policies, including regulatory and administrative, can enhance women and youth access to finance for exports?

 

·      What innovations can accelerate women’s and youth’s access to new financial instruments to utilize opportunities in the AfCFTA?

·      How can we secure concrete commitments for new, secure and sustained financing for women and youth in trade?

·      How can the AfCFTA Protocol on Women and Youth in Trade in Trade be part of the solution?

 
15:30 – 16:15Plenary Discussions
19:00 – 22:00Gala Dinner

09:00 - 09:10 Welcome remarks  
9:10 – 09:25  
09:25 - 11:25 Session III-    Roundtable discussion: “Leveraging the Creative Industry for the Meaningful Participation of Women and Youth in the AfCFTA market”   Moderator: TBC   Outline   ·      To what extent is the creative industry in the continent male dominated and how can women in this field be empowered to compete with their male counterparts?   ·      How can women in the African creative industry secure funding or access cheap loans that will support them in building their craft/talent and commercializing them across the continent?   ·      How can women in the creative industry effectively utilize digital platforms to promote their work, talent and skill throughout the continent and beyond?   ·      How can women creatives, especially those from poorer communities, continuously receive technical training to improve their skills and remain competitive in an industry that is always changing?   ·      What effective policies must be put in place to protect women creatives from being the victims of the weak enforcement of copyright laws and IPRs.
11:25 – 11:45 Cultural activity/video and health break
11:45 – 13:00 30 minutes panel   45 minutes plenary Session IV Roundtable discussion: Leveraging the digital space in trade to enhance women’s and youth’s competitiveness in the AfCFTA market   Moderated by the AfCFTA SecretariatOutline ·      In what ways can women in cross border trade be empowered (especially through awareness creation) on the unique challenges and issues that they face in relation to digitization and Trade?   ·      What should be done to ensure a safe environment and simplified process for women traders under the AfCFTA, especially with regards to payment systems and transactions?   ·      In what ways can women in business and professionals (in ICT, Policy and Finance) get more involved in designing e-commerce channels and solutions that are uniquely suited for women and SMEs?   ·      How can women receive continuous and effective education in ways of leveraging the digital space to trade?   ·      To what extent can young African women be encouraged to enter the digitization industry, which is currently male dominated, to close the digital divide? ·       
13:00 – 15:30 Lunch
15:30 Networking session – Trip to Sabasaba Grounds? (TBC)

09:00 – 09:10

Welcome remarks

 

9:10 – 9:25

Video presentation (women and youth in informal cross border trade)

9:25 – 11:25

Session V

Roundtable discussion: “Women and Youth in Informal Cross Border Trade: Supporting the formalization of women in trade for greater benefits under the AfCFTA”

The Session explores sustainable solutions to the challenges women and youth in informal cross border trade face in Africa and explore the extent to which the Protocol on Women and Youth in Trade can effectively address them to ensure sustained and inclusive economic empowerment of women and youth.

Moderated by the AfCFTA Secretariat

Outline

·      What additional trade facilitation measures and  policies should be put in place to promote and protect women and youth trading across borders?

 

·      How do we measure the outcomes of those measures and  policies for accountability purposes?

 

·      How do we facilitate the transition of women and Youth from informal to formal cross border trade ?

 

·      How can women and youth in informal cross border trade be supported through the formalization process? What existing practices should be built upon?

20 minutes

Health break

11:25 – 12:30

Session VII

Roundtable session: Women and Youth as drivers of industrialization in the context of the AfCFTA

 

Moderated by the AfCFTA Secretariat

·      How do we harness the potential of female-led businesses in creating continental value chains?

·      what are some of the measures and concrete actions to be taken by policy makers to enhance women’s and youth’s representation in industrialisation and bridge the existing gap?

·      What kind of capacity building initiatives and programmes should be designed to ensure women’s and youth’s meaningful participation in AfCFTA driven industrialisation ? How can policy makers and development partners assist?

 

12:30 to 13:30

Lunch

 

Drafting of the Manifesto and Call to Action

 

13:30 – 14:30

Presentation of the draft manifesto and call to action on Women in trade in Africa (AfCfTA Secretariat)

 

Plenary discussions and adoption

 

Moderator: TBC

                      

 

14:30 – 14:55

CLOSING REMARKS – (H.E Wamkele Mene)

15:00 – 17:00

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