Commonwealth Businesswomen

Trade Matters, Best Practices & Success Stories

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Globalisation and trade liberalisation are posing a number of challenges – as well as creating new opportunities – for the many women entrepreneurs throughout the Commonwealth. Since women-owned businesses play a key role in national economic growth, it is important to ensure that the policy environment, infrastructure and support mechanism for businesses are accessible to them and meet their needs. This book offers a number of case studies which address issues traditionally seen as problems for businesswomen: access to credit, information, technology and markets, and equity issues. These are followed by a compilation of best practices: more than thirty stories from around the Commonwealth showing how, while developing successful businesses, women entrepreneurs have found innovative ways to integrate social issues and structures as well as to network and build cross-sectoral alliances. The book also provides an overview of World Trade Organization agreements and looks at the workings of the International Monetary Fund.




With one third of the world's population, $2 trillion in trade, 23 per cent of world trade, 40 per cent of the membership of the World Trade Organisation and 14 of the world's 48 least developed countries, the Commonwealth has become an important voice in world trade debates. Our interest in globalisation and the effects of trade liberalisation is therefore not an academic one, but is driven by our desire to ensure that the opportunities created by globalisation benefit all Commonwealth citizens.


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