GIS - 31 August 2018: A sales exhibition for women entrepreneurs registered with the National Women Entrepreneur Council (NWEC) opened on 29 August 2018 at the Esplanade of the Emmanuel Anquetil Building in Port-Louis. The aim is to encourage the development and growth of women entrepreneurs as well as to promote women’s economic empowerment.
The three-day event is providing a platform to women entrepreneurs to increase the visibility of their products, expand their market avenues and establish contact with customers. Products on sale range from textiles, handmade jewellery, to food, art crafts and plants.
Addressing the women entrepreneurs participating in the sales exhibition yesterday, the Vice-Prime Minister, Minister of Local Government and Outer Islands, Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare, Mrs Fazila Jeewa-Daureeawoo, spoke of the importance for women to acquire financial independence so that they are empowered to stand on their own feet. Promoting women’s economic empowerment is at the core of the Ministry’s agenda, she stated. The NWEC has in fact been set up to provide support and assistance to both potential and existing women entrepreneurs, she emphasised.
The Vice-Prime Minister recalled that some 20 sales exhibitions have been organised by the NWEC since January 2018. The Council, she also pointed out, offers guidance, counseling and training to enhance the business activities of women entrepreneurs.
Some 2 700 women entrepreneurs are currently registered with the NWEC, said Mrs Jeewa-Daureeawoo. The Vice-Prime Minister urged those seeking to start business activities to do the same to benefit from all facilities being provided.
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