The British High Commission in Mozambique, promoted on March 6th, a Business Forum aiming to connect Women entrepreneurs, Small and Medium Enterprises and Mega Projects.
The meeting led by the British High Commissioner, Helen Lewis, brought together women from different business areas in Mozambique and representatives of mega projects, to discuss strategic solutions to the challenges of entrepreneurship at local and regional level.
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In a challenging business environment, with barriers that are intensified for women entrepreneurs, the forum allowed to demystify challenges of market access, financing, and of providing services or partnerships between SMEs and large businesses. One of the solutions addressed was the provision of technical and business management training designed to fill market challenges.
On the occasion, the British High Commissioner in Mozambique, shared the experience of some of the initiatives led by this institution and said:
“The big challenge at the moment, is to define mechanisms that allow us to use our talent and resources to generate jobs locally, promote the development of local industry and bring local businesses up to the standards required internationally in order to ensure that the Mozambican people, and women in particular, can enjoy economic and inclusive growth.”
The UK government promotes the economic empowerment of women around the world through direct development funding, support of women’s empowerment initiatives and by creating platforms to connect women entrepreneurs and potential business partners at a variety of levels.
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The Women Business Forum brought together dozens of women entrepreneurs and high level representatives from MIREME, the British Government in Mozambique and the management of the Banco Comercial e de Investimentos – BCI, MOZUP and Total Energies.