Global Women’s Trade Summit 2022 Singapore Aims to Address Business Sustainability and Resilience

DigitalCFO Newsroom | 5 September 2022

GWTS 2022 will address the topics of business sustainability and resilience during the 2-day summit through panel discussions, workshops and trade exhibits.

  • The event will be graced by Guest of Honour Dr. Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment & Ministry of Transport, The Honourable William Hodgman, Australian High Commissioner To Singapore, country ambassadors, and presidents of the 12 IWFCI chapters 
  • The 2-day summit will be expecting more than 200 international delegates from over 14 countries, and will feature over 20 leading speakers covering topics around technology, branding, risk management, business culture, keys to business sustainability, and many more.

Global Women’s Trade Summit (GWTS) 2022 Singapore, an international summit connecting businesswomen across the globe to explore business and market potential, will be welcoming female business leaders, entrepreneurs and professionals from 13thto 14h September 2022 at PARKROYAL on Beach Road.

Themed ‘Business Sustainability & Resilience’, GWTS 2022 will address the topics of business sustainability and resilience during the 2-day summit through panel discussions, workshops, trade exhibits, along with matching and networking opportunities. The summit will witness the participation of more than 200 registered delegates from Australia, India, Mongolia, Malaysia, South Africa, Japan, Philippines, Vietnam, Nepal, Bangladesh, Singapore, Indonesia, Korea, Cambodia, and more. 

As the fifth annual instalment, GWTS 2022 is organised by International Women’s Federation of Commerce and Industry (IWFCI) Singapore, a global non-profit and non-government organisation established to support women entering the business and developing trade across the globe, and is supported by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB). 

The event will also be graced by Guest of Honour Dr. Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment & Ministry of Transport, The Honourable Will Hodgman, Australian High Commissioner To Singapore, country ambassadors, presidents of the 12 IWFCI chapters, alongside notable delegates. 

As an empowering opportunity for women to meet and engage with like-minded entrepreneurs for networking and business opportunities, GWTS will feature more than 20 leading business speakers who will cover essential and relevant topics including technology, branding, risk management, business culture, keys to business sustainability, and many more. 

Navigating an Ever-Changing World Through Global Connections 

Over the past years, businesses across the globe have experienced multiple waves of economic and political changes, such as Covid-19 and the Ukraine War that have gravely impacted the global economy while contributing to inflation. More than increase in prices of energy and food, geopolitical tension and the erosion of rules-based multilateral systems were also detrimental to many businesses. 

In light of the challenges, strongly-coordinated global connections and business networks allow business leaders to understand one another’s struggles. With that, business leaders can build stronger ties and work together in solving some of the most pressing struggles of the 21st century. 

Diana Abruzzi, Founder of IWFCI said, “Having survived the pandemic, businesses have awakened to a more complicated and fast changing world. IWFCI, throughout its global chapters, has continued to support our members to assist, navigate and to adapt to these changes. This is why IWFCI is committed more so than ever to holding our Global Women’s Trade Summit in a time such as this.” 

Singapore as a Strategic Business Hub 

With the ultimate aim to bring businesswomen from across the globe together in fostering networking and business opportunities, Singapore is a strategic business hub for the GWTS. With government incentives for start-up companies, along with local businesses that are especially geared to innovation, Singapore presents opportunities abound for entrepreneurial businesswomen to fully explore their prospects. 

Through GWTS, business leaders and entrepreneurs will be able to immerse in diverse business cultures from international delegates and speakers, network with other female entrepreneurs from more than 10 countries, and have the opportunity to exhibit their products and services to national and international delegates. 

Ms Ann Phua, Founder and Immediate Past President of International Women’s Federation of Commerce and Industries (Singapore) and Advisor of the Global Women’s Trade Summit (GWTS) said, “As a small and open nation, we feel the impact of major global moves deeply. So, it is important that we have a voice. And it is important that we keep faith with our people, and work to advance IWFCI’s interests on an international level. The journey ahead in the global environment will be bumpy. There will be more shocks and stormy weather. But I know that by keeping the faith, and having trust in each other, we can sail through together by building a stronger IWFCI network.” 

To further their endeavours with the annual event, the Global Women’s Trade Summit will host its upcoming 2023 edition in Japan, and its 2024 edition in Indonesia. 

Registration for GWTS 2022 is still open for business leaders, entrepreneurs, women organisations, professionals, and students in Business Studies. IWFCI members looking to participate can enjoy a special early-bird registration rate of SGD $550, while non-IWFCI members can register for SGD $650. To register, please visit https://iwfcis.org.sg/gwts-2022/.