Wednesday July 7 2010

Norway pledges support for EAC women firms

By Dorothy Nakaweesi

Kampala

The Norwegian government has pledged to continue supporting East African Women Entrepreneurs in accessing European markets.
Speaking at the passing out of over 20 female participants in the East Africa Women Entrepreneurship Development programme recently, the Norwegian Ambassador, H.E Bjerg S. Leite said: “Norway's contributions must also be based on considerations related to income distribution, fundamental social standards, the environment and food security.”

He said Norway is particularly interested in seeing the progress of the development programme and have products from women enterprises reach the Norwegian, European and other markets.

Women challenges
Mr Leite said: “We recognise and take into consideration the challenges faced by women entrepreneurs. Of special importance is the effort to increase women's entrepreneurial skills, the ability to produce for and to participate in international markets as well as the opportunity to participate in and benefit from existing networks.”

As part of its ‘Aid for Trade Action plan 2007 ’Norway committed itself to supporting trade which promotes women’s economic position. Training women in different skills of marketing and growing their businesses is part of the support that Norway offers to employers in relation to employment, commercial and social issues.

Efficient enterprise
At the start of this programme the stated plan was to train participants in networking, product development and market entry activities to increase the capacity of women enterprises that are able to do business in an efficient way.

In Uganda, Norway has engaged in various programmes, including the provision of support to the private sector and entrepreneurship and business development.
At the start of this programme the stated plan was to train participants in networking, product development and market entry activities.

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