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ZimTrade to empower women entrepreneurs

Over 25 women entrepreneurs will participate in an Export Awareness Seminar to be conducted by ZimTrade on 20 May 2016, in Bulawayo.

The seminar, which is part of ZimTrade’s women empowerment initiatives, is aimed at developing and enhancing the export skills of women in business to become effective exporters. Arears to be covered include, export readiness assessment, how to identify market opportunities as well as the unpacking of trade agreements, amongst others.

The entrepreneurs will be drawn from the Professional Women, Women Executives and Business Women’s Forum (PROWEB) and African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP).

PROWEB is a women’s economic empowerment forum established to enable professional, executives and business women to grow economically and socially while making a difference in society. Similarly, the AWEP network, is an outreach, education and engagement initiative, established to develop women entrepreneurs and capacitate them for business and trade.

On a related note, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN) in Harare and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, in collaboration with ZimTrade, coordinated the participation of twenty local women entrepreneurs in the Brilliant Entrepreneur (BE) Programme held in the Netherlands at the beginning of the year. The aim was to create business linkages for women entrepreneurs, thereby opening doors to new ideas, innovations and markets, amongst others.

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According to the International Trade Centre (ITC), empowering women economically, especially through their involvement in trade, creates job opportunities. Over the past few years more and more women-led businesses the world over, have been receiving training on how to participate in global value chains.

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