The International Trade Centre (ITC) has announced that 11 national trade promotion organizations have been shortlisted for the 2018 World Trade Promotion Organization (WTPO) Awards.

The 11 TPOs nominated for this year’s awards were from Austria, Egypt, Ghana, Mauritius, Mongolia, Nigeria, State of Palestine, Peru, Qatar, Republic of Korea and Switzerland.

The shortlisted organizations competed in three categories: best use of a partnership; best use of information technology; and best initiative to ensure that trade is inclusive and sustainable. The winners were expected to be announced at the 12th WTPO Conference in Paris, France, on 25 October.

The WTPO Awards, which are open to all national TPOs recognizes excellence in trade support services. They celebrate TPOs that excel in innovative and effective practices in export-development initiatives. The organizations must also show that they help micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) to become competitive in international markets.

For this year’s Awards, entries were also asked to highlight one more of the following: the importance of partnerships in designing and delivering services; innovation in the use of information technologies; or a strong contribution to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. These topics are aligned with the overall theme of the 2018 WTPO Conference, Trade and Investment Ecosystems: Delivering for growth.

The Awards jury was comprised of senior TPO representatives from the 2016 Award winners, and was chaired by ITC Executive Director Arancha González.

Commenting on this year’s shortlist, Ms González said: ‘Institutions play a crucial role in supporting business innovation, trade-led growth and the internationalization of MSMEs. The WTPO Awards aim to provoke new thinking and provide a platform to share practices that work.’

‘The quality of all the entries received for this year’s Awards illustrates that TPOs across the world are boosting delivery and rethinking their services to help MSMEs succeed. They also demonstrate how TPOs are contributing to inclusive and sustainable economic growth,’ she said. ‘Today’s nominees edged ahead of the others by their vision and by demonstrating excellence across all areas of service support,’

WTPO AWARDS 2018 SHORTLIST

Best Use Of A Partnership
Austria: Advantage Austria
State of Palestine: Palestine Trade Centre (PALTRADE)
Qatar: Qatar Development Bank – TASDEER
Republic of Korea: Korea Trade-Invest Promotion Agency (KOTRA)

Best Use Of Information Technology
Ghana: Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA)
Switzerland: Switzerland Global Enterprise (S-GE)

Best Initiative To Ensure That Trade Is Inclusive And Sustainable
Egypt: Export Development Authority (EDA)
Mauritius: Economic Development Board (EDB)
Mongolia: Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MNCCI)
Nigeria: Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC)
Peru: PromPeru.

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