The 17th World Export Development Forum (WEDF) will be held in Budapest, Hungary. The event explores how trade can be a force for good at a time when global challenges – economic, social and environmental – are changing the way trade works. The focus will be on how everyone can benefit from local, regional and global trade.

Theme: Trade – A Force for Good: Include, Innovate, Integrate

When:  24-25-26 October 2017

Where:  Budapest, Hungary (Budapest Congress Center)

The conference is unique because it is talking business, doing business and rewarding business.

Doing business, 24-25 October: Over 160 companies from 31 countries are registered to participate in business-to-business (B2B) meetings focusing on agricultural technologies, agricultural crops and oil seeds. This will give national and international companies the opportunity to network and make deals.

Talking business, 25-26 October: The sessions cover how to make trade work for the 99%; growing from a start-up to a successful international business; new regional trade routes such as the One Belt, One Road Initiative; expanding digital trade (e-commerce); and innovative business-government partnerships to build competitiveness; and moving from agriculture to agribusiness. Environmental sustainability is also an important theme of the Forum with sessions on ‘green’ business and turning waste into wealth.

Rewarding business, 25 October: Watch the finalists of a young entrepreneurs competition, in partnership with the Accelerate 2030 Initiative and Design Terminal, a Hungarian incubator.

WEDF provides a platform for business leaders, policymakers, heads of trade and investment support institutions, and leaders of international agencies to share the latest trends and best practices. The event will be co-hosted by the International Trade Centre(ITC) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary.

Source: Press release

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