The Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) has disclosed measures it has taken to challenge the limitations its members who are women face in businesses.
The measures include providing them with discounted and free services that will help boost their businesses as well as providing capacity building in the areas of new business strategies and other business related topics.
This was disclosed by the Director General of the Chamber, Ms Victoria Akai at a webinar organised by the International Chamber of Commerce with the theme “Choose To Challenge” in commemoration of the International Women’s Day celebration on Wednesday.
“We have establish a hybrid platform for women to sell their goods through the Arahah (online and monthly physical market), where women can come, sell, buy and be empowered” she said.
The DG noted that the Arahah Farmers Market was essential to prepare Nigerian women farmers, producers, and MSMEs for the global market to be able to key into the recent signing of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement which seeks to create a single market for goods and services, in order to deepen the economic integration on the African Continent.
She said women in ACCI feature significantly in trade with over 60% of its membership base as companies either owned or led by women, who carry goods across borders, produce products as well as own and manage other successful businesses.
“But these women often face specific constraints that undermine their business activities; such as lack of adequate information and capacity building, lack of appropriate business networking opportunities, poor access to finance, difficult access to land, poor access to market and market information and other services that can facilitate their business. Women are typically less able than men to gain access to the inputs and materials required to raise their productivity and allow them to compete better in both local and international markets” she explained.
Ms Akai further noted that the Chamber in celebrating this year’s International Women’s Day, is showcasing the businesses of its members who are women entrepreneurs on a daily basis.
“We will be wrapping the month up by publishing a magazine that will also spotlight their achievements as encouragement to other women entrepreneurs” she said.
“I invite you all to please visit ACCI sometime and explore the opportunities available for our women” she added.