Funding women enterpreneurs will reduce unemployment levels in the country GOVERNMENT says it will continue supporting women’s organisations in its bid to improve entrepreneurship skills and reduce poverty.
Speaking during the launch of this year's “Month of the Woman Entrepreneur”, Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Honourable Bob Sichinga challenged financial institutions in the country to consider funding women entrepreneurs in order to reduce unemployment.
“When we empower women, we empower the whole nation. It is for this reason that I am urging organisations such as the Citizen Economic Empowerment Commission (CEEC) to enhance the involvement of women entrepreneurs because women have been identified to be vulnerable members of society,” Mr. Sichinga said.
He added that government was ready to engage other partners in supporting entrepreneurs under the African Women Entrepreneur Programme (AWEP).
“I would like to thank Zambia Federation of Associations of Women in Business (ZFAWB) for successfully coordinating and implementing the celebrations of the Month of the Woman Entrepreneur for the past five years,” he said.
September was this year's Month of the Woman Entrepreneur and it was being celebrated under the theme “Accelerating the Woman's Economic Empowerment.”