facebook app symbol  twitter  linkedin  instagram 1

Two national Native American organizations, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) and the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (The Natioanl Center) are in Geneva, Sweitzerland this week to join forces with the World Economic Forum and to host a World Trade Organization (WTO) Public Forum ‘22 session on international trade and Indigenous peoples.

The public forum has the theme: “Towards a Sustainable and Inclusive Recovery: Ambition to Action.” The forum runs from Sept. 27 - 30, 2022 and will address how trade can contribute to post-pandemic economic recovery, in particular how trade rules government policies can be strengthened and improved to create a more sustainable, inclusive trading system.

Never miss Indian Country’s biggest stories and breaking news. Sign up to get our reporting sent straight to your inbox every weekday morning. 

“As sovereign nations, Tribal Nations in the United States retain the right to establish and carry-on trade relations with foreign countries, and I am excited about this event,” NCAI President Fawn Sharp said. “This is my first opportunity to engage with the global business community at this level, but it is a long time in coming. The sessions will address critical issues such as digital platforms, food security, sustainable trade, production of products, gender equality and trends in carbon border adjustment mechanisms."

NCAI and The National Center will participate in a forum session titled, “Framing the Future: Inclusive Trade and Indigenous Peoples,” will focus on business challenges that indigenous peoples face while discussing sustainable, inclusive policy development, indigenous-led multi-stakeholder strategies, and implementation plans to improve outcomes.

Other keynote speakers at the session will include moderator Chris James, President/CEO of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development; Marcia Banda, Head of the Inclusive Trade Department, Undersecretariat for International Economic Affairs of Chile; Hone McGregor, Board Member of TeTamata; and Carrie Stoddart-Smith, Founder and Principal of OpinioNative.

More Stories Like This

Biden Nominates Salish & Kootenai Tribal Attorney Danna Jackson for Federal Bench
A Conversation With Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan: What We Can Celebrate Around the State
Return to the Heart Foundation Gives 44 Micro-Grants to Native Women Leaders
Indigenous Journalists Association President Addresses Members of the UNPFII
Inter-Tribal Council Passes Resolution Urging FCC to Establish Specific Event Code for Missing and Endangered Persons

Native Perspective.  Native Voices.  Native News. 

We launched Native News Online because the mainstream media often overlooks news that is important is Native people. We believe that everyone in Indian Country deserves equal access to news and commentary pertaining to them, their relatives and their communities. That's why the story you’ve just finished was free — and we want to keep it that way, for all readers.  We hope you'll consider making a donation to support our efforts so that we can continue publishing more stories that make a difference to Native people, whether they live on or off the reservation. Your donation will help us keep producing quality journalism and elevating Indigenous voices. Any contribution of any amount — big or small — gives us a better, stronger future and allows us to remain a force for change. Donate to Native News Online today and support independent Indigenous-centered journalism. Thank you.

About The Author
Native News Online Staff
Author: Native News Online StaffEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Native News Online is one of the most-read publications covering Indian Country and the news that matters to American Indians, Alaska Natives and other Indigenous people. Reach out to us at [email protected].