The Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) has restated its commitment to support the development of women and youth in the country especially at a time when the economy is recouping from the COVID-19 pandemic.
President of the Chamber, Prince Adetokunbo Kayode stated this during the signing of an MOU with the Women Arise Development Humanitarian Initiative (WADHI) on Wednesday at the ACCI Secretariat.
The meeting had in attendance the First Deputy President of the Chamber, Alhaji Al-Mujtaba Abubakar, the Director General of the Chamber, Victoria Akai, the director of the Business Entrepreneurship Skills and Technology Center (BEST) Mr Atinuke, the Convener, Women Arise Development and Humanitarian Initiative (WADHI), Esther Eghobamien-Mshelia and Comfort Yakubu from WAHDI.
The ACCI is partnering with WADHI in establishing a Digital Technology Incubation Centre for Women Entrepreneurs for the purpose of training 5, 000 women traders and cooperatives in the FCT.
The President who pointed out that the signing of the MOU further entrenches the Chamber’s interest in the development of women and youth regretted that the economic challenges posed by COVID-19, are just about to start and the most vulnerable in the society must be protected.
“The challenges posed by COVID-19 is compounded because we are a mono economy country, so it is time to pull resources together to support the most vulnerable group in the society” he said.
“You know women are the most enterprising and I am assuring you of ACCI’S Support” he added.
While speaking on Former Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s nomination for the position of the Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Prince Kayode said he was confident Iweala will emerge the DG.
He also said that he was certain Okonjo-Iweala, as DG will look at look at the challenges facing Africa as it relates to trade and will put in place the right structure to address them.
Also speaking, the Convener, Women Arise Development and Humanitarian Initiative (WADHI) Esther Eghobamien-Mshelia, who is also a member of the UN CEDAW Committee, explained that the partnership creates an avenue to stimulate growth, adding that it signals the beginning of a new start.
She also proposed a summit to focus on gender investment to target women focused investment opportunities.