APEC Workshop

From Platforms to Payments

Promoting Growth and Innovation for Women Entrepreneurs through E-Commerce
Wednesday, November 16, 2022
8:30 PM –  10:00 PM EST

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 solutions to 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).

Agenda

Opening Remarks
  • Kazue Chinen, Economic Policy Advisor, Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues, U.S. Department of State
Panel 1: Perspectives from women entrepreneurs on e-commerce opportunities in the APEC region
  • Moderator: Jamaica Gayle, Executive Director, Global Innovation Forum
  • Thuy Nguyen, Co-Founder, Bobi Craft
  • Josefina Urzaiz, Founder, Cielo Hammocks
Panel 2: Best practices for using digital tools and technologies for cross-border e-commerce.
  • Maria Luisa Boyce, Vice President, Global Public Affairs, UPS
  • Kate Kalutkiewicz, Head, U.S. Trade Policy, Amazon
  • Caitlin McDonnell, Senior Director and Head of International Affairs for Global Government Engagement, Visa
Panel 3: Economy Spotlight: Viet Nam
  • Moderator: Caroline Kaufman, International Trade Specialist, Office of Supply Chain, Professional, and Business Services, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Nguyen Tung Anh, Deputy Director of the SME Support Division, Agency for Enterprise Development, Ministry of Planning and Investment, Viet Nam
Closing Remarks

  • Tricia Van Orden, Project Overseer, U.S. Department of Commerce

Register

Bookings are closed for this event.

Speakers

Thuy Nguyen
Thuy Nguyen

Co-Founder

Josefina Urzaiz
Josefina Urzaiz

Co-Founder

Kazue Chinen
Kazue Chinen

Economic Policy Advisor, Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues

U.S. Department of State

Maria Luisa Boyce
Maria Luisa Boyce

Vice President, Global Public Affairs

UPS

Kate Kalutkiewicz
Kate Kalutkiewicz

Head, U.S. Trade Policy

Amazon

Caitlin McDonnell
Caitlin McDonnell

Senior Director & Head of International Affairs, Global Government Engagement

Visa

Nguyen Tung Anh
Nguyen Tung Anh

Deputy Director of the SME Support Division

Agency for Enterprise Development, Ministry of Planning and Investment, Viet Nam

Caroline Kaufman
Caroline Kaufman

International Trade Specialist, Office of Supply Chain, Professional, and Business Services

U.S. Department of Commerce

Jamaica Gayle
Jamaica Gayle

Executive Director

Global Innovation Forum

Tricia Van Orden
Tricia Van Orden

Acting Director, Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee Secretariat, ITA

U.S. Department of Commerce