Dytech Limited, a honey producer from Zambia has won this years Open to Export International Business Award in Geneva which is aimed at encouraging small businesses around the world to begin trading internationally.
Zambia’s young social entrepreneur Allan Chanda of Dytech, a honey Company won first place and US$5,000, a free membership with the Institute of Export & International Trade in a global pitch Contest attended by money other competitors from around the globe.
His delectable product range impressed the judges while his company’s scope for employing and training staff (40% of whom are women) to fund them to have better living situations and opportunities which were truly inspiring.
The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and World Trade Organization (WTO), Small Business Champions initiative provides a platform for companies and private sector organizations around the world to propose innovative, practical ideas designed to encourage SMEs to do business across borders. The call for proposals for the initiative was closed in December 2017.
During a session at the Public Forum, 12 finalists from around the world pitched their “Export Action Plans” to a panel of judges for the chance to win a package of financing and assistance from the Institute of Export and International Trade designed to help the winning small business implement their export plan. The competition was launched in May 2017 and attracted plans from small businesses worldwide. The Institute provided support, webinars and online tools to help the small businesses put together a “global growth action plan”.
Among the panelist were Deputy Director General of the WTO Yi, Secretary General of ICC UK Chris Southworh , Young President of the IOE&IT Arne Mielken , Director General for Economic Development, Research and Innovation, Republic and State of Geneva Nicholas Niggli, and Shaun Lake Senior Adviser: E-Learning at the International Trade Centre.
“I would like to congratulate the Institute of Export and International Trade on the completion of their project. Developing the skills of SMEs and giving them the necessary guidance is essential if we want them to increase their participation in international trade. I would also wish to congratulate all the finalists for the great ideas they have presented today.” Said Deputy Director-General Yi Xiaozhun.
And Chris Southworth, Secretary General of ICC United Kingdom, said: “Making world trade more inclusive means enabling more SMEs to trade — like the 12 finalists of this International Business Award — and expand into global markets. In helping SMEs design and implement global growth plans, the Institute of Export and International Trade is playing an important role in bringing the indisputable benefits of open trade to a wider cross-section of companies and workers. Congratulations.”