International Development

Most trade practitioners and policy makers agree that international trade is a force for good, but what are the specific benefits to developing countries and underserved communities? This program section seeks to take a closer look at some of the impacts that creating a global trade framework will have on economic development – for everyone ranging from women small business owners in Africa to smallholder farmers in South America. Trade issues such as climate, data governance, trade facilitation, and technology/innovation all have a role to play in reducing poverty and driving sustainable, inclusive growth.

Programs offered by this section will touch on topics such as:

  • The interplay between the public sector, private companies, and civil society for international development projects
  • The Biden-Harris Administration's strategy for international development and U.S. government mechanisms for achieving these goals
  • How developing countries are thinking about global supply chain resiliency in the post-COVID world
  • Improving food security in developing countries amid growing threats from climate change
  • The role of digitally enabled trade in supporting small businesses in developing countries


Suzie Zimmerman
Maddison Abboud
Jamaica Gayle

If you would like to participate on the committee or have an idea regarding a topic or speaker, please email