Women entrepreneurs have been exposed to business opportunities in African market.
Nov 30, 2023 - 15:39
Some small businesswomen say that there is still a challenge related to not having enough information about what they are doing to develop their business and even reach the international level.
This was revealed during a forum that was launched on Wednesday 15th and ended on the 16th of November. The forum brought together women who do different businesses in Rwanda and in Africa with the aim of highlighting the opportunities and challenges that exist in the African market so that they can participate as Agatesi Marie Laetitia Mugabo the head of women's commission in the Pan African Movement Rwanda branch which organized this conference, she said.
Musoni Protais, the CEO of the Pan-African Movement Rwanda, says that in order for the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement, and the common market of Africa to be implemented, the existing barriers should be removed.
It is true that they did not have any information but they have learned something and devised different strategies, according to some of those who do different businesses from various parts of the world.
One said, "Due to the interactions we had, we realized that there is a lot we did not know but today, we managed to understand".
Another said, "We knew about the common market but we did not have enough information, what I have learned is that women should be brave to borrow money like others to develop themselves".
Musoni Protais, the CEO of the Pan-African Movement Rwanda branch, says that in order for the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement, the common market of Africa agreement to be implemented, the existing barriers and perceptions that create differences should be removed.
He said "When you understand that all of you are Africans and you are only separated by a border, you can go beyond that, not only to prepare the Rwandan market, but to prepare the market for the neighboring country too‘’.
The African Continental Free Trade Area agreement was signed in Kigali, Rwanda five years ago on March 21st, 2018, but it has not yet yielded results due to various reasons raised by member countries.
Story by BERWA GAKUBA PRUDENCE, Edited by Philemon GISUBIZO, TRANSLATED BY GAKUBA FELIX ABDULJABAR