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AISHA BUHARI, DOLAPO OSINBAJO, SEGUN AWOLOWO & TONY ELUMELU SUPPORT WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS VIA AMBITIOUS SHE TRADES INITIATIVE

Tony Elumelu


Leading African businessman and philanthropist, Tony O. Elumelu CON joined: the First Lady of Nigeria, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, wife of the Vice President of Nigeria, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo, Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) CEO, Segun Awolowo and Executive Director of the International Trade Centre (ITC) Ms. Arancha Gonzalez at The Women in Export Stakeholders Forum and Exhibition in Abuja.

Themed ‘Achieving Zero Oil Growth Through Women Inclusiveness in Global Export Trade’ this year’s event, organised by the NEPC and the ITC, sought to increase the economic empowerment of women through trade via the ITC’s SheTrades Initiative. The goal of this initiative is to connect one million women to the international market by 2020.

Keynote addresses at the Forum were delivered by the First Lady, Mrs. Aisha Buhari and Ms. Arancha Gonzalez. In her opening remarks, Mrs. Buhari boldy called on the public sector to support women saying, “I would like to lead a call to the Federal Government to assign 20% of public procurement to women-owned businesses."

Mr. Elumelu, Chairman of Heirs Holdings, United Bank for Africa and Transcorp Plc stated that the capacity of women in the private sector to contribute to the development of the country is underestimated, pointing to the significant value created by female beneficiaries of the $100 million Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme (TEEP).

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