“THE SheTrade Commonwealth Project (SCP) is part of the International Trade Center (ITC) global SheTrades initiative where through intensive training and mentoring activities, the goal is to strengthen the capacities of over 3,000 women-owned businesses in Nigeria with a view to generate sales worth £28 million by 2020.”
SheTrades Initiative, funded by United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) aims to connect one million women to market by 2020 and rallies stakeholders around the world to work together on seven actions to address trade barriers, create greater opportunities for women entrepreneurs and will be implemented by ITC over two years from April 2018 to March 2020.
Executive Director/CEO of Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Olusegun Awolowo stated this during the launch of the SheTrade Commonwealth Project (SCP) Nigerian chapter, in Lagos by NEPC in collaboration with ITC.
“The SCP would drive increased trade, productivity and competitiveness for women entrepreneurs and women owned companies to ensure they play an important role in international trade and the initiative is aimed at integrating women into the economic fabric of Nigeria through connecting them to global trade,” he said.
Senior Programme Officer at ITC’s Women and Trade Programme Office, Nicholas Schlaepfer, added: “the programme will ensure that women entrepreneurs in Nigeria receive support tailored to their specific needs allowing them to propel their existing market representation and secure greater access to global trade.”