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EDB promotes women entrepreneurs


Taking into consideration the challenges and the difficulties faced by women entrepreneurs when working in a competitive complex business environment, a workshop was held at the Export Development Board (EDB) for 20 export- ready women entrepreneurs on March 5th

The two-day workshop entitled “Business Plan Preparation” was organized by the EDB with the collaboration of the Sampath Bank PLC as one of the number of programmes planned to commemorate the International Women Day in 2019.

The next day of the workshop is due to be held on April 24th at EDB.

There are more than 800 Women Entrepreneurs islandwide registered with the EDB Women cell. This cell, after analyzing their profiles it was identified that there are some economic, social and physical barriers for them to enter to the international market. Although they encounter several difficulties, they have failed to identify their bottlenecks which hinder them to enter the international market. And it was found that one of the key challenges faced is the lack of managerial experience and non-availability of training programmes.

Women’s empowerment is an inevitable part of economic development discourse.  They play an important role in the entrepreneurial economy, both in their ability to create jobs for themselves and others and providing the society with different solutions for management, organization and business problems.  Approximately one third of the entrepreneurs in the world are women entrepreneurs.  Women entrepreneurship can make further strong contribution to the economic well-being of the family and communities, poverty reduction and women’s empowerment.