The Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade, Ana Cecilia Gervasi, on behalf of Mincetur, signed the incorporation of Peru into the Global Trade and Gender Agreement (GTAGA), an international initiative involving Canada, Chile, Mexico and New Zealand, which aims to promote women’s economic empowerment through trade.
The ceremony took place within the framework of the 12th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO), which is taking place in Geneva, Switzerland. Colombia also joined the GTAGA at this event.
Peru’s Act of Accession took place in the presence of Canada’s Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, Mary Ng; Chile’s Undersecretary for International Economic Relations, José Miguel Ahumada; Mexico’s Undersecretary of Foreign Trade, Luz María de La Mora; and New Zealand’s Minister for Trade and Export Growth, Damien O’Connor.
Members welcomed the incorporation of Peru and Colombia, and also expressed their intention to work with both countries, reinforcing the commitment to propose initiatives and mechanisms that allow progress to be made in terms of trade and development. economic empowerment of women. Furthermore, they welcomed the announcement made by Argentina and Ecuador, which expressed their intention to join the GTAGA soon.
In her speech, Vice Minister Gervasi mentioned the importance of Peru’s National Gender Equality Policy, approved in 2019, to eliminate the barriers women face and work to reduce as well as eliminate inequalities. between genders through a gender-based multisectoral approach.
She also underscored the importance of joint and cooperative initiatives taking place within APEC, the Pacific Alliance, the World Trade Organization, among others, where work is underway to advance economic empowerment of women through trade and to improve access. for women-led businesses.
“We look forward to working with all GTAGA members to address gender inequality and use business initiatives to strengthen women’s economic empowerment in our countries. Our goal is to implement targeted policies and strategies that promote the growth of women’s businesses, in order to overcome the barriers they face, in addition to promoting business development from a gender equality perspective,” said added the manager.
As is known, participation in the Global Agreement on Trade and Gender will allow Peru to access training activities and exchange experiences with leading countries in promoting business development with a view to gender and, through them, to acquire good practices for strengthening their own policies and strategies for the growth of women’s enterprises.
“We believe that we can leverage synergies and joint initiatives with GTAGA participants, reinforcing the positive impact of our current actions and policies. Furthermore, reduce barriers that limit women’s participation in international trade by improving women’s access to trade and investment opportunities,” Deputy Minister Gervasi concluded.
Global trade and gender arrangement
– In our country, there are approximately 1.3 million MSMEs run by women, which generate 4.8 million jobs.
– The GTAGA invites participants to implement mutually supportive trade and gender policies to improve women’s participation in trade and investment, and to foster women’s economic empowerment and sustainable development.
– The GTAGA was signed in August 2020. The original members are Canada, Chile and New Zealand. In October 2021, Mexico joined.
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