The implementation of a joint survey has been initiated by the International Trade Centre (ITC) in Geneva and the Directorate General of the European Commission (DG Trade), focusing on women’s involvement in extra-EU trade in selected EU Member States, including Sweden.
In the framework of the large-company survey, country-based partners will conduct interviews with 1,200 companies exporting manufactured and agriculture products outside the EU.
The interviews will focus on the collection of gender-disaggregated employment, management and ownership data and detailed analysis of challenges faced by exporters.
Exporting and importing can be challenging in terms of access to information, networks, finance or for example to public procurement in extra-EU countries. Our effort is to better understand the obstacles to trade experienced by EU companies in their daily activities in order to provide better information about these impediments and determine whether any of such obstacles are gender-specific.
The sample of companies will cover exporting companies of all sizes, management type and all sub-sectors of agriculture and manufacturing (trade in goods, excluding arms and minerals). Local partners, trained by the ITC, will implement the survey in close collaboration with government officials, business associations, chambers of commerce and other stakeholders, allowing for country-specific requirements.
The interviews are expected to take 30-40 minutes; depending on respondent’savailability, and may be conducted on the phone or via Skype. ITC business surveys are strictly anonymous and the information shared during the interview remains strictly confidential. This survey further complements the Non-Tariff Measures Survey carried out in the EU-28 in 2015-16 (http://www.intracen.org/publication/EUNTMSurvey/).
The survey implementation began in mid-June, and is being conducted in Sweden by Ms. Pauline Mukanza.
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