26 Women Trained in Entrepreneurship in Dakar, Senegal

Twenty-six women entrepreneurs from seven African countries attended a two-day training session aimed at mentoring them to develop their businesses.
The training ran from 16th -18th June 2008, in Dakar, Senegal and the participants came from South Africa, DR Congo, Liberia, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal and one from the Diaspora. It was organised by the Pan-African Centre for Gender, Peace and Development of FAS and the Centre for Diversity in Global Management at the Instituto de Empresa (IE) of Spain.

The workshop, which was supported by the Spanish government, aimed to train these small and medium entrepreneurs in organizational development, capacity building in management of enterprises, business competitiveness and feasibility of projects.

FAS Executive Director, Mrs Bineta Diop, when opening the training said that there was need to create an environment conducive to business in Africa in order to create strong leadership. She explained that participants in the workshop were selected after a study by consultants. The women were involved in the processing of local products, livestock and services.
According to Mrs Diop, these women would also receive a second workshop in Madrid, Spain and the cycle will be completed by distance learning.
"The Pan-African Centre for Gender, Peace and Development of FAS aims to become a centre of excellence, providing training on issues of peace and development with particular emphasis on gender, " she concluded.

For his part, Chief of Staff of the Senegalese Minister of Family, Women's Entrepreneurship and Micro-finance, Boubacar Traore, considered it "difficult" to develop a country without women. "Africa will never develop without a real integration and integration could never be achieved without women on the continent, who constitute more than half the population," he said.

Two weeks later, July 17, 26 African women arrived in Madrid to continue their training.

The women would be mentored by the International MBA students from IE Business School, in Madrid, as part of a scheme to promote entrepreneurship on the continent.

The women would receive management training on the IE campus in Spain and then over the summer the selected MBA students will visit them for two to four weeks in their respective countries to assist them personally with their businesses and help them develop a business plan.
Once the students have returned to Spain they will continue the consulting process by email.

 

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