Women in business want stake in government deals

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Posted  Thursday, December 12  2013 at  02:00

Kampala- The leadership of women entrepreneurs and professionals wants the government to reserve a percentage of its procurement to women, saying this will empower them and their role not just in business but the economy as a whole.

According to the president of the women in business and professionals, Ms Maggie Kigozi, women need to be empowered and given opportunity, including reserving a slot of procurement purposely for women to partake.

Speaking during a African Women’s conference in Kampala, Ms Kigozi said: “Government is the biggest business in terms of procurement, and we would want it to consider bids handed in by women in some of the (procurement) deals.”

She, however, cautioned women to work on their attitude if they are to make it in a competitive world. She said women must begin to change their minds and begin to believe that they can do it just like their counterparts—the men

.The executive director of Uganda Export Promotion Board, Ms Florence Kata said the aforementioned appeal will be thoroughly discussed and presented to the government in the conference organised by Women Entrepreneurs, and Representative of Trade Support Institutions, government and multinationals.