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‘Low awareness inhibits women entrepreneurs’ growth’

The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) has said the capacity of women entrepreneurs’ interested in export business has been inhibited because they have failed to take advantage of the export awareness its programme.
Its Head of Trade Information Uyo Zonal Office, Mr. Emmanuel Matthew, who spoke at a one-day Export Enlightenment Programme in Uyo, Akwa State capital, lamented that in spite of the strategic role women play in galvanising local economies and the numerical strength of their involvement in small and medium businesses, only a few of them have been able to take their businesses beyond informal level.
He spoke on Unlocking export opportunities for women entrepreneurs in Akwa Ibom State.
He said: “It is saddening that despite the vast business opportunities opened to women entrepreneurs in the state, only a negligible percentage of them have been able to raise their business above the bar within the national and international perspectives.’’
He enjoined women to get adequate knowledge of the export business matrix as well as apply appropriate strategies if they are to be successful in export businesses.
He said the workshop is intended to build women entrepreneurs’ capacity in becoming key global business players through export of products that women have comparative advantage as well as connect them to international network to create export business opportunities.
Akwa Ibom State Commissioner of Women Affairs and Social Welfare, Mrs. Glory Edet, represented by a Director in the Ministry, Mrs Edima B. Ndaobong, had in her keynote address, lauded the contributions of women to the economic development of the country.
However she said women’s contributions to gross domestic product (GDP) has remained insignificant over the years because such contribution is not usually seen or quantified because it is not paid for.
She described the theme of the workshop as very appropriate, adding that it would unlock all the gates and showcase their potentials in the State.
The state Commissioner for Investment, Commerce and industries, Emmanuel Enoidem, who was represented by the Director of Commerce, Mr. N. E. Ettang while declaring the workshop open, described women as engine of growth and drivers of the economy of the country.

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