The conference which is expected to bring together stakeholders including local and international business executives and development partners is scheduled for November 15 to 18, 2016 and will assist women entrepreneurs to address challenges including access to finance, market, legal and regulatory reform and capacity building amongst others.
Addressing the regular press briefing of the Ministry of Information Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) yesterday on Capitol Hill in Monrovia, Andrew Paygar, Deputy Minister for Micro Small and Medium Enterprise at the Ministry of Commerce, mentioned that the conference seeks to address the many challenges women SMEs confront on a daily basis.
According to him, it also highlights the high stakes associated with empowering female entrepreneurs; identify some of the many barriers women continued to face in business and at work, discuss and address some of the many possibilities for growth and improvement in the sector.
Paygar further emphasized the need for renewed focus on women empowerment meant at encouraging women entrepreneurship, promoting government inclusive growth agenda and helping women owned businesses to build new partnerships that will transform them.
“This conference will change the mindset of Liberian women to see entrepreneurship as a possible option for job creation and income generation, recommend alternative sources of investment for women owned MSMEs especially young startups”, he stated.
“It will suggest ways to deliver affirmative business support programs to women entrepreneurs and enhance the capacity of business owners, especially female business owners wanting to become entrepreneurs,” he narrated, adding, the conference will train women owned MSMEs in key business areas and provide the tool for them to better run their daily operations.