WENA Seeks To Collaborate with ACCI on Capacity Devt, Advocacy, Others
The Women Enterprise Alliance (WENA) has sought the collaboration of the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) in the areas of capacity building, innovation and acceleration of women owned businesses, promotion of entrepreneurship skills as well as advocacy and also promoting trade of SMEs.
The Executive-Director of the organization, Mr Yemi Bello stated this on Friday when his organization visited the Chamber in Abuja.
Mr Bello said the organization which is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) was established by Her Excellency, Aisha Babangida with the primary purpose of supporting women and building their capacity.
He said the organisation is a leading voice in women development and policy issues with the aim to provide tools to assist women to achieve their goals.
He explained that the organisation provides a lot of business development services as well as holistic support to women entrepreneurs in the different sectors of the economy including agriculture and technology adding that the organisation runs a lot of programmes from capacity building to linking women businesses to access markets, as well as infrastructure support amongst others.
While responding, the Director-General of the Chamber, Ms Victoria Akai expressed delight at the proposal presented by the organisation stating both organizations are rendering some similar services and with the collaboration, the service delivery from both ends would be strengthened.
She said the Chamber in collaboration with the Women Arise Development Humanitarian Initiative (WADHI) launched a women’s market in December 2020 called the ARAHAH Farmers Market adding that the next edition of the market will hold on the 27th of February 2021 at the ACCI trade and convention center.
She informed the gathering of the workings of the 4-centres of the Chamber and the Secretariat adding that the Organization could work with the Abuja Trade Centre (ATC) on its business networking, trade fairs, while for capacity development, the organization would work with the Chamber’s Business Entrepreneurship Skills and Technology Centre (BEST) and the Dispute Resolution Centre (DRC).
“Why I emphasise the Dispute resolution Centre is because you know the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA) has come and we are going to need a dispute resolution mechanism. The Chamber looks forward to making its Dispute Resolution Centre a national dispute resolution centre.
She also said the brainbox of the Chamber is the Policy Advocacy Centre headed by the Executive Director, Mr Olawale Rasheed, and has been the brainbox of capacity building for AfCFTA, adding that any other women issues around advocacy can be routed through the PAC.
“We plan on using the platform for the monthly women’s market to disseminate information about the AfCFTA” she added.
Present at the meeting were the Vice President, Women Development of the Chamber and also a Council Member, Ms Amina Akai, the Executive Director, Policy Advocacy Centre of the Chamber, Mr Olawale Rasheed and Registrar-General, Dispute Resolution Centre, Aisha Ado Abdullahi.