GIS - September 04, 2012: The Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare, Mrs Mireille Martin, called on Indian women entrepreneurs to seize the many opportunities provided by the buoyant, dynamic and resilient Mauritian economy as well as explore and consolidate alliances and joint ventures with their Mauritian counterparts.
The Minister is presently attending the 12th Global Conference of Women Entrepreneurs on Trade Liberalization and its Global Impact on Women Entrepreneurs in New Delhi, India. She has been invited by the Federation of Indian Women Entrepreneurs (FIWE), an apex body of associations of women entrepreneurs and professionals of India responsible for promoting entrepreneurship development and women’s economic empowerment, to deliver the opening address at the 12th Global Conference of Women Entrepreneurs. The event is organised, from 3 to 5 September, by the FIWE in collaboration with the International Federation of Women Entrepreneurs (IFWE).
The opening ceremony was held yesterday in the presence of the Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Mr Vayalar Ravi, the State Minister, Women and Child, Mrs Krishna Tirath, the President of the International Federation of Women Entrepreneurs, Dr Dewi Motik Promono, the President of the Federation of Women Entrepreneurs and Secretary General of Indian Federation of Women Entrepreneurs, Dr. Rajnee Aggarwal, and other eminent personalities.
In her opening remarks, the Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare also recalled the benefits and support provided by India in areas related to entrepreneurship and capacity-building namely through bilateral agreements with ITEC/SCAAP, Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation/Special Commonwealth Assistance for Africa Program and Memorandum of Understanding with the National Institute of Small Industry Extension Training. According to Mrs Martin, the Conference provides the occasion to strengthen cooperation in areas such as training, consultancy, technology, equipment and raw materials. She stated that she would extend all support and assistance towards a mutually beneficial collaboration between Mauritius and India, adding that Mauritius can be a platform to penetrate other regional markets.
The objective of the 12th Global Conference of Women Entrepreneurs is to foster entrepreneurship among women and to provide them with an international platform to promote their business through women to women networking. During the event, some 600 women entrepreneurs can exchange ideas, explore business opportunities, discuss technologies, and processes in trade and entrepreneurs business. Eminent speakers and renowned industry experts will also share their experiences regarding their success stories, women entrepreneurship development and their contribution towards national and international economic growth with an emphasis on current business trends.
The main topics of discussion at the Conference include contribution of women entrepreneurs to national economies, emerging business opportunities for women entrepreneurs with trade liberalisation, breaking the glass ceiling – leading the way in media industries, strategic business leadership, getting a share of the global tourism market, accessing finance for business growth and ICT bridging gaps for international market. A Buyers-Sellers Meet cum Exhibition is also being held along with the Conference.
In the margins of the Conference, Minister Martin had a meeting with the Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Mr Vayalar Ravi. Discussions focused on avenues of cooperation in the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises sector. Both sides have proposed to sign a MoU in the area of training and skills development.