World Trade Agency chief: Let trade work for small businesses, women

The executive director of the International Trade Centre has told EURACTIV that the European Commission’s review of trade policy is a chance to give women and small businesses a greater role in trade relations.

The review is necessary because a rebalancing of trade relations is taking place between the northern and southern hemispheres, said Arancha González, who became executive director of the International Trade Centre (ITC) in September 2013.

The ITC is a joint agency of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the United Nations. It aims to assist businesses in developing countries to become more competitive in global markets, to speed economic development and to contribute to the achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goals.

Before joining ITC, González served as chief of staff to WTO director-general Pascal Lamy from 2005 to 2013 and held several positions at the European Commission.

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