NewsEast & Horn AfricaAfrican women entrepreneurs meet to build capacity in US


Posted on Wednesday, 05 October 2011 15:32

African women entrepreneurs meet to build capacity in US

African women from 36 countries are participating in the African Women Entrepreneurship programme underway in the US to provide participants with professional development training and networking opportunities with their American counterparts.

Building on the assumption that women are drivers of economic growth and prosperity, the International Visitor Leadership Programme at the US Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs brought 40 women entrepreneurs from 36 African nations to the US for the Second African Women's Entrepreneurship Exchange Programme (AWEP).

AWEP is a Department of State's partnership among the Secretary's Office of Global Women's Issues, Bureau of African Affairs and Bureau of Economic, Energy and Business Affairs, the Public Affairs Section of the US Embassy in Accra, Ghana, announced Tuesday.

Countries participating are Ghana, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Comoros, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Guinea, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Since its inception in 2010, AWEP has empowered African small business owners and provided them the tools to export to the US under the terms of AGOA, increase their export capacities, to strengthen public-private partnerships, to reinforce programme goals and to establish or expand business relationships with US partners.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 October 2011 15:51

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