GIS - 9 December 2014: Mauritius will host, in September 2015, the next Annual General Meeting of the Federation of National Associations of Women in Business in Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (FEMCOM), which endeavours to promote programmes that integrate women into trade and development activities in Eastern and Southern Africa.
This decision was announced at the 8th Annual General Meeting of FEMCOM held in Nairobi, Kenya, on 24 and 25 November 2014, where Mauritius was elected as Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee of FEMCOM. Moreover, the success of the country in the ICT sector spurred its nomination as Chair of the ICT Technical Committee.
The FEMCOM, established in July 1993, is an institution of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), which facilitates linkages between women of member states, COMESA Secretariat, COMESA Policy Organs and other institutions that promote trade, investment, development and policy advocacy. It brings together 19 countries. The 8th Annual General Meeting focused, among others, on women empowerment in sectors of value addition namely agribusiness as well as textile and garment.
It is to be recalled that in August 2014, the National Women Entrepreneur Council (NWEC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the FEMCOM, covering various areas of cooperation over a three-year period. These areas comprise technical and advisory services to NWEC as regards the Business Incubator for African Women Entrepreneurship Development; the fostering and implementation of the COMESA Cluster Development Initiative in Mauritius; enhancing capacity building for women entrepreneurship development through the availability of technical resources; facilitating intra COMESA trade and investment for women entrepreneurs; and a joint advocacy for mobilisation of resources aimed at the implementation of environmentally sustainable projects.
The NWEC is also the FEMCOM Chapter for Mauritius. FEMCOM has established Chapters with national associations of 19 COMESA Member States which are platforms that support the implementation of FEMCOM’s activities by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and experience among women entrepreneurs of the sub region.
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