Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations

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Trade facilitation measures that support cross border trade by women

April 27-28, 2017

Hyatt Regency, New Delhi


Day 1 : 27th April: Knowledge Sharing  Lessons Learned

09:00 am Registration 

09:30 am Introductory Session 

Opening Remarks by Nisha Taneja, Professor,ICRIER 

Workshop overview from Kate Hayes, Adviser,DFAT 

Guest Remarks by Bhupinder Singh Bhalla, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Commerce, Government of India 

10:00 am Session 1 : Setting the Scene Facilitator: Jim Redden, Adviser, DFAT 

Presentation by Nisha Taneja, Professor, ICRIER 

Response from Practitioners Respondents: ? 

Selim Raihan, Executive Director, South Asian Network on Economic Modelling, SANEM), Bangladesh  

Reeta Simha, 2nd Vice President, Federation of Women Entrepreneurs Association of Nepal ?

Damchae Dem, Founder and CEO, Bhutan Association of Women Entrepreneurs Lead


Posh Raj Pandey, Executive Chairman, SAWTEE, Nepal 

Q & A and Open Discussion 

11.30 am  Tea/Coffee 

11:45 am Session 2 – Trade Facilitation Barriers: Lessons from Cross-border Women Entrepreneurs Facilitator: 

Hasina Kharbhih, Chair of Board, Impulse NGO Network and Managing Director, Impulse Social Enterprises, Shillong


Dolly Khonglah, General Secretary, Meghalaya Exporters Chamber of Commerce 

Sita Adhikari, Executive Committee Member, Nepal Freight Forwarders Association 

Jesmina Zeliang, Founder of Heirloom Naga and Cane Concepts; Convener, North East, Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) 

Q & A and Open Discussion 

12:45 pm Lunch 

01:45 pm Session 3 – Enabling Measures that Support Small-medium Women Entrepreneurs to Trade Across Borders Facilitator: 

Mona Shrestha Adhikari, Associated Expert, Gender and Trade  


Indrani Deb, Chairperson, FLO North East Chapter, Guwahati 

Pramila Acharya Rijal, Head, South Asian Women Development Forum (SAWDF), Nepal 

Selima Ahmad, President, Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BWCCI) Lead discussant: 

Manab Majumdar, Deputy Secretary General, FICCI, New Delhi 

Q & A and Open Discussion 

03:15 pm Tea/Coffee 

03:30 pm Session 4 : Policy and Programming Responses to the Needs of Cross-border Women Entrepreneurs and/or Barriers to Implementing Reforms 

Facilitator: Carmine Soprano, Trade and Gender Specialist, World Bank 


Fahmida Khatun, Executive Director, Centre for Policy Dialogue, Bangladesh 

Anice Joseph Chandra, Director, Ministry of Commerce, Government of India  

Bina Pradhan, Adviser, Federation of Business & Professional Women, Nepal 

K. N. Syiem, Village Headman and Member, Balat Border Haat Committee, Meghalaya 

Q & A and Open Discussion 

05:00 pm Wrap-up  


07:00 pm Pre-dinner drinks in the Oval Room 

07:30 pm Address by H.E. Ms. Harinder Sidhu, Australia’s High Commissioner to India 

Followed by Dinner  


Day 2 – 28th April: From Awareness to Action 

09:30 am Session 5 – Highlighting the Opportunities, Accommodating Gender Differentiated Trade Facilitation Needs and Impacts Facilitators: 

Kate Hayes & Gillian Brown, Advisers, DFAT Respondents 

Mafruha Sultana, Vice Chairman and CEO, Export Promotion Bureau, Bangladesh  

Krishna H. Pushkar, Minister (Economic), Embassy of Nepal, New Delhi 

Swapna Debnath, Additional Director, Dept. of Commerce and Industry, Government of Tripura 

10:00 am Activity: Table Groups Identify and Progress Areas for Action  Table Groups: Indian Govt; India NGO; Nepal; Bangladesh & Bhutan; SARTFP; Donors/Academics Sourcing the ideas tabled to date and brainstorming their own each table group identifies areas for action that they can make happen ensuring that they detail: 

What – frame the action and the difference it will make 

Who – name the people who will take it forward 

How & when – detail how it will be enacted and by when 

11:15 am Tea/Coffee 

11:30 am Session 6: Plenary Discussion and Prioritising Key Actions  Facilitators: 

Jim Redden and Mona Shrestha Adhikari Advisers, DFAT 

12:45 pm Vote of thanks from ICRIER 




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