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Women entrepreneurs to form new group
The T&T Coalition of Services Industries in partnership with the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation will launch a project to establish a Network for the Economic Empowerment of Women of the South (NEEWS) in November 2014 during its annual National Services Week, the TTCSI told its members and stakeholders in an e-mail. “The project will focus on women entrepreneurs of the global South through different thematic streams such as science and technology; agriculture and food security; energy and energy security; culture and other services. knowledge sharing and technology transfer will be mainstreamed through planned incubation periods with established businesses where women-owned businesses will be tooled or re-tooled to transition them to achieve new levels of success,” the e-mail said.
The overarching objective of NEEWS is: “To create a network to further opportunities for women’s economic empowerment and to establish an accelerator to underpin the growth of businesswomen in the global South.” The coalition proposes to do this by “showcasing experiences among successful women entrepreneurs who have contributed to the growth of businesses, in order to create tangible investment and business partnerships; developing a business accelerator programme to grow, sustain and strengthen productive partnerships to deal with issues including financing; facilitating ongoing capacity development to grow and sustain business enterprises of women via mentorship and networking”.
There will be a brief presentation on the project today by Dr Inyang Ebong-Harstrop, president of United Nations Office for South South Cooperation at the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business from 4.30 pm. Interested persons are asked to confirm attendance with TTCSI Development Officer Natalie de Silva at [email protected].