WBIN UN, WTO to link 1m women to mar­kets by 2020 – En­voy

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS -

The In­ter­na­tional Trade Cen­tre, which is the joint agency of the United Na­tions ( UN) Con­fer­ence on Trade and De­vel­op­ment and the World Trade Or­gan­i­sa­tion (WTO), plans to link one mil­lion Nige­rian women en­trepreneurs to mar­kets by 2020.

This was dis­closed by the Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of the cen­tre, Mr. Aran­cha Gon­za­lez, dur­ing a meet­ing or­gan­ised by the Nige­ria Ex­port Pro­mo­tion Coun­cil (NEPC) in Abuja re­cently.

Gon­za­lez said the Cen­tre would cre­ate job op­por­tu­ni­ties in Nige­ria for women and the youth as well as pro­mote Small and Medium En­ter­prises (SMEs) and link them to the in­ter­na­tional mar­ket.

She said the cen­tre would help women sign busi­ness con­tracts, open busi­nesses and pro­duce goods for the in­ter­na­tional mar­ket.

“Fi­nan­cially we will pro­vide fund to sup­port them in or­der to re­duce some prob­lems in the coun­try. We will make pro­vi­sion to train them be­fore go­ing into the in­ter­na­tional mar­ket,” she as­sured.

The Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of the NEPC, Mr. Oluse­gun Awolowo, said the present ad­min­is­tra­tion has set a tar­get for the coun­try to con­nect 200,000 women to the global busi­ness in 2020.

Awolowo said since women con­sti­tute 50 per­cent of SMEs own­ers in the coun­try, the coun­cil would work with the SMEs and scale up their growth to­wards pro­duc­ing for ex­port.

The NEPC boss said his coun­cil has been work­ing hard to solve the prob­lems of ac­cess to fi­nance con­fronting women in busi­ness.

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