Ministry of Trade and Investment, Olusegun Aganga
By Damilola Oyedele
Business women in Nigeria have been tasked on the acquisition of relevant entrepreneurship skills and training to give them the edge in the business climate.
President of the Nigerian chapter of the African Women Entrepreneurship Programme (AWEP) Yemisi Iranloye, gave the charge at a business meeting with female entrepreneurs in Abuja recently.
AWEP, she added, recognises the essence of training programmes that are properly designed for women in developing countries like Nigeria. “AWEP seeks to engage women and equip them with the tools and opportunities to accelerate the growth of their businesses, become leaders in their communities and drive further economic and social progress in their communities", Iranloye said.
She added, “AWEP recognises that majority of entrepreneurial programmes so far implemented are targeted at the cottage industry and do not assist the middle-level entrepreneur.
The. organisation will provide support for female entrepreneurs to enable them trade inter regionally and export to the United States and North America. It is also set to host female entrepreneurs in the South West region to a two day conference themed ‘Dynamics of Food Export Potential for Nigerian Women”.
The initiative was borne out of a desire to develop businesses from the traditional cottage industry model to international models, which are governed by best practices and supported by commensurate investment in human and capital resources.