Nigeria: Ministry inaugurates African Women’s Entrepreneurship Programme (AWEP)
Wednesday, 30 November 2011
Source: Leadership (Nigeria)
The Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment has inaugurated the African Women Entrepreurship programme (AWEP) for Nigerian women in the country.
Inaugurating the AWEP programme, the Director of Trade in the ministry, Mr. David Adejuwon, who represented the Minister of Trade and Investment, Dr.Olusegun Aganga, stated that it was expected of Nigeria as a beneficiary of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) to inaugurate the national chapter of AWEP which was meant for credible entrepreneurs who were already engaged in productive activities, have people employed in their enterprises, addressing issue of poverty, as well as contributing their quotas to the economic development of the country.
Adejuwon stated that government has resolved to engage all women in the cities and villages to encourage them to produce good quality products and to harvest their contributions towards economic growth and development in line with the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan .
He said:“Nobody would be left out in the programme because the structure the ministry would put in place will ensure that we have credible people at the national level that would drive the process. The states and local chapters would be inaugurated with the involvement of executive governor of each state and local government chairmen with their wives.”
Adejuwon pointed out that as from 2012, federal government intended to have good report about Nigeria’s performance in AGOA in terms of export on non- oil products, noting that Nigerian women have products they could improve on and export massively to the United States of America and other markets of the world.
The director urged AWEP members to work as a team in order to be able to harness all available resources, and have access to financial resources required for all economic activities, adding that the ministry would leverage on their contributions and suggestions on how to move the process forward.
African Women’s Entrepreneurship Programme (AWEP) is an on-going initiative launched in July 2010 at the 2010 United States/Sub Sahara Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum (AGOA Forum) . The goal of AWEP programme is to increase the integration of African businesswomen into the global economy through training, increased trade relations and business activities with United States businesses and government.The event saw the election of key officers to run the organisation.
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