Women entrepreneurship goes, way back in time. This was a time when women started running small businesses as a way of supplementing the family obligations and avoiding starvation.
Women have, however, not always been having it easy in the entrepreneurship terrain. A time, there was, when women could not have access to loans without the presence of their spouse to sign all the necessary documents.
This trend seems to be changing, as more females are becoming entrepreneurs in their own right. Many women are today, solving basic problems besetting society, in a number of ways.
Recently, various African governments, in collaboration with private corporate organizations, have been trying to encourage women entrepreneurship, by organizing events for women in entrepreneurship. One of such events, is, “The Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative”.
On Wednesday, April 17, 2019, the government of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, will be hosting the first Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative, (We-Fi), West Africa Regional Summit.
The Summit is organized by We-Fi, in collaboration with the World Bank Group, the African Development Bank and the Islamic Development Bank.
The event will feature His Excellency, Alassane Ouattara, President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, Ivanka Trump, Advisor to the U.S. President, Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina, President of the African Development Bank, Bandar M. H. Hajjar President of the Islamic Development Bank and Kristalina Georgieva, World Bank CEO, U.S. Senator Lindsay Graham and other high-ranking officials.
Participants will discuss concrete ways of strengthening support for women-led, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, (SMEs), in West Africa.
The event will also feature successful women entrepreneurs, private sector executives, ministers, key We-Fi government representatives, and partners, focusing on transformative actions required, to improve women entrepreneurs’ access to financial markets and networks through public policy reforms and private sector actions.