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Mauritius to declare winners of National Women Entrepreneur Council award soon

Mauritius to declare winners of National Women Entrepreneur Council award soon

Mauritius Minister of Gender Equality, Mireille Martin, noted that the award seeks to boost women entrepreneurs’ recognition while supporting their innovative ideas and determination, and that it will be announced this August. (Image: Cecilia Samoisi)

Mauritius is seeing a slow but steady increase in female entrepreneurship with a 41% rise over the last 3 years in the total number of members registered with the National Women Entrepreneur Council (NWEC) to 4,957 as at June 2014.

This was noted by Mauritius Minister of Gender Equality, Mireille Martin, during her address at an event held last week, themed ‘Building a culture of innovation.’

The minister also declared that the winners of the NWEC Award 2014, designed to boost women entrepreneurs’ recognition while supporting their innovative ideas and determination, will be announced this August.

The NWEC Award 2014 has been launched this March with the aim of rewarding women entrepreneurs who have been able to bring their business vision to life.

Through the award, local women entrepreneurs will get the opportunity to upgrade the quality of their products to successfully contribute to the economic development of the country.

On the occasion of the establishment of a Centre for Innovation on Thursday, 10 July 14, the US Embassy and the Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) invited Professor Richard D Brynteson from Concordia University’s College of Business and Organisational Leadership.

Dr Brynteson’s presentation is an initiative of the NWEC, which seeks to enable women entrepreneurs to find out more about innovative ways to carry out their business.

Mireille Martin noted that the presentation is in line with the overall objective of NWEC, which is to enhance the personal and organisational competitiveness of female entrepreneurs.

The presentation seeks to give female entrepreneurship the edge of innovation to allow women entrepreneurs to navigate through the changing global environment.

According to the minister, the NWEC has single-mindedly pursued gender-specific objectives since it was set up in 1999 to empower women entrepreneurs, so that they may fully contribute to the economic development of the country.

“Creating a business is only the beginning; one must be constantly in search of smart ways to develop one’s enterprise,” said the minister, adding that innovation and creativity in such endeavours can prove very valuable indeed.

The government of Mauritius considers entrepreneurship development as an important item on its agenda.

Additionally, she emphasised that the NWEC has been responsible for promoting a culture of entrepreneurship among Mauritian women. Statistics show that, from 2005 to 2011, the number of women entrepreneurs registered at the NWEC has gone up by 80%, from 1,900 to 3,500.

She concluded on the note that the presentation would be useful for women entrepreneurs who wish to adapt their business to modern and creative trends.

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