Gender Mainstreaming and Trade Facilitation in G20 Countries

Publication | November 2023
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G20’s commitments have focused on advancing women’s entrepreneurship but have not fully considered their challenges to participate in cross-border trade.

Key Points

  • G20’s commitments have focused on advancing women’s entrepreneurship but have not fully considered their challenges to participate in cross-border trade. There is a need to apply a gender lens to trade facilitation measures to promote women’s engagement in international trade.
  • An examination of the UN’s Global Survey on Digital and Sustainable Trade Facilitation shows that the level of gender mainstreaming in trade facilitation in G20 countries is low.
  • There are several gaps in the available data and information on specific measures as reporting by countries on these measures is low.
  • A holistic approach that assesses the overall trade policy ecosystem shows that several G20 countries have undertaken varied and innovative initiatives, and used various channels to address women’s specific concerns in their trade ecosystem.
  • The G20 communiqué should reflect this growing importance of gender mainstreaming in trade and include commitments to address specific concerns of women traders.
  • G20 countries should also jointly collect and share data and best practices on gender‑related trade facilitation measures to promote inclusive trade.
  • The data and best practices should guide and inspire other members to include a gender dimension in trade facilitation, foreign trade policies, measures to support exporters, and future FTAs.

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  • Gender Equality
  • Industry and trade