APEC Workshop

From Platforms to Payments

Promoting Growth and Innovation for Women Entrepreneurs through E-Commerce
Wednesday, April 20, 2022
8:30 PM –  10:00 PM EDT

The modernization of online services to support cross-border business presents significant opportunities for MSMEs in the APEC region. Women entrepreneurs and women-owned enterprises, in particular, can benefit from greater access to digitally-enabled tools and e-commerce resources provided by both the private and public sectors. Understanding the keys to success for women entrepreneurs engaged in cross-border e-commerce will allow best practices to be replicated across the APEC region and provide tools to enhance capacity-building for women entrepreneurs in APEC developing member economies.

Please join the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Small and Medium Enterprises Working Group (SMEWG) for a virtual workshop to examine key opportunities for APEC women entrepreneurs in cross-border e-commerce and explore the major challenges to growing a business through online channels.

During the workshop:

  • Women entrepreneurs will provide insights to achieve commercial success through cross-border e-commerce;
  • Private sector representatives will offer detailed, technical examples of tools and resources that directly benefit women e-commerce entrepreneurs; and
  • Policymakers will outline policies, programs, and government resources that are designed to support women entrepreneurs in e-commerce.

Additional details, including a list of speakers and a link to join the webinar, will be sent to confirmed participants prior to the event.

The workshop will be organized by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Global Innovation Forum. For questions about logistics, please contact Ms. Jamaica Gayle (jamaica@globalinnovationforum.org).


Opening Remarks
Panel 1: Perspectives from women entrepreneurs on e-commerce opportunities in the APEC region
Panel 2: Best practices for using digital tools and technologies for cross-border e-commerce.
Panel 3: APEC policymaker discussion on programs and initiatives to promote women’s entrepreneurship through cross-border e-commerce.
Closing Remarks


Bookings are closed for this event.