The objective of the event was to explore ways to expand global LGBTI economic opportunities as well as build an inclusive global economy in which LGBTI entrepreneurs and their allied business partners are free to trade, develop, and succeed.
CGLCC President, Bruce McDonald, participated on a panel discussion entitled "The Bottom-line of LGBTI inclusion; Why the LGBTI Market Matters to the Private Sector". Representatives from multinational corporations, small business as well as from affiliate LGBTI Chambers of Commerce based in a number of Latin American countries and Europe, attended. Representatives from the U.S. State Department, The World Bank, The Export-Import Bank of the United States, The United Nations Foundation, the Governments of Argentina, Great Britain, the Netherlands and Canada, participated in this event as well.
We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and express our gratitude to the Embassy of Canada in Washington for its exceptional collaboration and support, and in particular for generously opening its doors for the hosting of both the Opening Reception of the Global LGBTI Business Week, and a very stimulating panel discussion of the topic of the "US Election and Impact on LGBTI and Trade".
The Global LGBTI Business Week provided a unique convergence of ideas from economic, public policy, and global human rights experts who share the goal of shaping a more equitable world for LGBTI individuals and businesses.
A second edition of the NGLCC Global Business Week is expected to take place in November 2017.