African women in business meet

Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- African women entrepreneurs from 12 countries have gathered in Cotonou for a three-day brainstorming on achievements and prospects of female-owned business in Africa.
The meeting, starting Wednesday, has been organised by the Association of Beninese Businesswomen and Heads of Enterprises with financial support of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) and the government of Benin.
About 100 women are expected to take part in analysing shortcomings of women-managed enterprises and identify obstacles that hinder their progress.
Participants of the meeting come from Cameroon, Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Gabon, Ghana, Nigeria, Niger, Togo, Mali, Senegal, France and Benin.
Beninese businesswomen leader, Grace Lawani, said the meeting would enable the participants to suggest an action plan for submission to the IDB.
Sources close to the meeting said the IDB has undertaken to provide credit for projects contained in the action plan, with the aim of enhancing women's participation in the modern economy.

29 may 2001 14:33:00

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