Ghana: SME Leaders to Meet in Accra

Leaders of the World Association for Small and Medium Enterprises (WASME) are expected to hold their 18th international conference on 25-29 October, 2012, in Accra, Ghana.

To this end, the organizers of the conference say registration for both participants and exhibitors have been opened.

The upcoming event is focused on promoting micro, small and medium enterprises, and this year's will focus on women's entrepreneurial activities aimed at moving them to the next level.

The conference, which will be hosted by the Ghana Association of Women Entrepreneurs (GAWE), in collaboration with the Ministries of Women and Children Affairs (MOWAC), Trade and Industries, Food and Agriculture, Local Government and Rural Development, Tourism and Ghana Employers Association (GEA).

The theme for this year's conference is 'Empowering Women through Entrepreneurship: Issues, Opportunities and Approaches', seeks to promote women empowerment and also offer the opportunity for all SMEs to exhibit their 'Made in Ghana' products.

The objective is to enhance awareness and create a more informed understanding on the opportunities, issues and approaches to entrepreneurial activities for women empowerment, with resultant attention and resources directed towards supporting women entrepreneurs to create more jobs, reduce poverty and economically empower women on sustainable basis in Africa.

In throwing more light on the conference, the Coordinator of GAWE, Mrs. Lucia Quachey noted: "the conference will build bridges and create linkages for a better world for women entrepreneurs and women in business.

"It will bring together an exclusive group of 200 leaders, investors, development practitioners , Policy makers (Parliamentarians and Political party Leaders), Businessmen and women, Banks and Financial Institutions, ICT Experts, Media Personnel which will explore approaches, share perspectives on best practices and develop concrete business ideas that are focused on sustainable investment strategies in Africa".

GAWE successfully hosted the First Global forum in June 1996, in Accra, as a follow up to the UN Women's conference in Beijing, 1995; hosted the 4th WASME Conference in Accra as a follow up to the First Global Trade Fair and Investment Forum 1997 focused on ICT and Technology to help increase productivity, she stated.

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