Namibian businesswomen set to see exports multiply under new ITC project
(Geneva) – The International Trade Centre (ITC) and the Government of the Republic of Namibia are partnering to launch the ACCESS! programme to enable women entrepreneurs in the country to tap new markets and increase their exports.
ACCESS! is designed to help African businesswomen to address trade-related constraints by providing them with trade-support services and export-training activities, as well as follow-up support. Since the launch of the programme in 2005, more than 2,600 businesswomen in 19 sub-Saharan countries have benefited and expanded their export capacities.
ITC's Acting Deputy Executive Director Ashish Shah welcomes the government’s request to initiate the programme, saying: ‘The joint launch of ACCESS! will empower Namibian businesswomen to take advantage of new trade opportunities through business-support services and export training. They will be able to increase their exports and earn higher incomes, which they can reinvest into their communities, creating a ripple effect of economic and social benefits.’
Malan Lindeque, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, said: ‘We are looking forward to working more closely with ITC to provide technical assistance to women working in a variety of sectors, giving them the tools that they need to access regional and global markets and achieve export success.’
ACCESS! in Namibia is expected to be launched and completed in the course of this year. This is the first time in the history of the ACCESS! programme that it will be fully funded by a partner country benefiting from ITC's technical assistance.
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ITC is the joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations. ITC assists small and medium-sized enterprises in developing and transition economies to become more competitive in global markets, thereby contributing to sustainable economic development within the frameworks of the Aid for Trade agenda and the Millennium Development Goals.