WTO launches call for MSME stories on “Building resilience through trade during COVID-19”

The WTO is inviting micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) to share their business experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic and tell us how trade has helped them combat the crisis. Selected stories will be featured during the WTO Public Forum entitled “Trade beyond COVID-19: Building Resilience” scheduled to take place from 28 to 30 September 2021.

MSMEs are invited to submit their stories no later than 19 July 2021. The story should briefly explain how your business has been affected by the COVID 19 pandemic, what measures you have taken to stay in operation and how trade has helped you to overcome the challenges. The story may be submitted as an audio file or as a short text. The online application form can be accessed here. Selected stories will be featured on the WTO website.


The Public Forum is the WTO’s largest annual outreach event. It provides a unique platform for policy makers and representatives of government, business, workers, consumers, academics, civil society and others to come together and debate on a wide range of WTO issues and on some of the major trade and development topics of the day. Over 1,500 participants attend the Forum each year. More information on this year’s theme can be found here.


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