WTO: Informal Working Group on Micro, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (MSMES) – 2023 Small Business Champions Competition launched


The Informal Working Group on Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the International Trade Centre (ITC) launched on 16 March the 2023 edition of the Small Business Champions Initiative under the theme “Helping smallholder farmers go global.” Winners will be announced at a virtual event on MSMEs Day, 27 June 2023.



The initiative is looking for proposals that help smallholder farmers access international markets and supply chains. Proposals can be submitted by small businesses, industry associations, chambers of commerce, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The competition seeks to raise awareness among businesses and policymakers of the difficulties smallholder farmers encounter when it comes to international trade, highlight best practices, and support smallholder farmers’ participation in international trade with a view towards business innovation and resilience.

The deadline for submitting proposals is May 5, 2023.

Launched in 2021, the annual competition provides an opportunity for businesses, industry associations, chambers of commerce and NGOs to propose innovative, practical ways of helping small businesses play a more active role in world trade.

More information on the competition can be found here.


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