ACCI Women Pledge to Take-up Opportunities Presented by AfCFTA
– 5 women owned businesses get free coaching for AfCFTA market
The ACCI women committee has pledged its commitment to taking up global opportunities including those presented with the full take-off of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).
This was made known on Wednesday the 14th of April 2021 at the first ACCI Women in Business meeting, held at the Abuja Trade and convention center.
The women who indicated interest in wanting to further their businesses noted that the AfCFTA agreement is an opportunity they must all not miss.
Speaking earlier at the event, the Vice President Women Development Barr. Mrs. R. Nwosu said that 60% of ACCI membership base are either companies owned or led by women, and this women feature significantly in trade.
“We understand the challenges women face that undermine their business growth; such as lack of adequate information and capacity building, lack of appropriate business networking opportunities, poor access to finance, difficult access to land, poor access to market and market information and other services that can facilitate their business the reason why we are supporting our women by providing discounted and free services that will help boost their businesses.”
She said the women committee, of which she is the Chairperson was organized to promote women owned businesses by providing necessary support that will empower the women to succeed in their ventures.
She explained that the committee shall work towards “recommending ways to improve the demand for goods and services supplied by ACCI women owned businesses, ensuring women participation in Chamber business, providing business services, training, access to finance and access to markets, information and technology, particularly to women and committing the other committees to have a gender balance in their membership.
“Ladies and gentlemen, as you are aware, ACCI is here to support businesses and to promote, lobby and advocate for policies that will enhance the ease of doing business amongst others.
“We will constantly organise events and programs with our partners to support women owned businesses like the Arahah Farmers Market, which is a monthly hybrid multi-stakeholder initiative conceived by the ACCI” She added.
The Director General Ms Victoria Akia during her welcome address urged the women to be more active at the chamber’s activities and take up more bold opportunities to improve their businesses.
She urged them to stop drawing back in taking decision that will promote and project there businesses Internationally.
She said they must key into the AfCFTA and ensure Nigerian goods flood the African market.
Also speaking the Convener of the Women Arise Development Humanitarian Initiative (WADHI), Mrs Esther Eghobamien-Mshelia said the ArahahFarmers market was launched in December to accelerate women preparation for AfCFTA.
She stated that the market would help to promote the livelihood of women, improve the lack of information that’s making wise business decisions difficult for them, improve diminishing productivity as well as proffer solutions for stiffer competition that would arise with the full take off of AfCFTA.
“If we do not prepare for AfCFTA properly, we will find ourselves producing things that have no market for sale”she said.
Ms. Eketta Umoh, a consultant or SMEs pledged to support 5 five women with capacity training and other necessary support for the smooth sailing of there participation in AfCFTA.