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Mauritius to focus on women in business as it hosts FEMCOM meet next year

Mauritius to focus on women in business as it hosts FEMCOM meet next year

The FEMCOM, which brings together 19 countries to promote integration of women into trade and development activities in Eastern and Southern Africa, has decided to host its next Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Mauritius in September 2015. (Image: Government of Mauritius)

Mauritius will host the next Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Federation of National Associations of Women in Business in Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (FEMCOM), slated for September 2015.

The AGM endeavours to promote programmes that integrate women into trade and development activities in Eastern and Southern Africa.

This decision to choose the popular sun-and-sand destination as the host for the next AGM was announced at the 8th Annual General Meeting of FEMCOM held in Nairobi, Kenya, on 24 and 25 November 2014, where Mauritius was elected as Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee of FEMCOM.

Besides, the success of the country in the ICT sector has spurred its nomination as Chair of the ICT Technical Committee.

Furthermore, 8th Annual General Meeting focused, among others, on women empowerment in sectors of value addition to the island economy, such as agribusiness as well as textiles and garments.

The FEMCOM, which brings together 19 countries, is an institution of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).

Established in July 1993, it facilitates linkages between women of member states, COMESA Secretariat, COMESA Policy Organs and other institutions that promote trade, investment, development and policy advocacy.

It may be recalled that in August 2014, the National Women Entrepreneur Council (NWEC) of Mauritius signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the FEMCOM, covering various areas of cooperation over a three-year period.

These areas comprise technical and advisory services to NWEC as regards the Business Incubator for African Women Entrepreneurship Development; the fostering and implementation of the COMESA Cluster Development Initiative in Mauritius; enhancing capacity building for women entrepreneurship development through the availability of technical resources; facilitating intra COMESA trade and investment for women entrepreneurs; and a joint advocacy for mobilisation of resources aimed at the implementation of environmentally sustainable projects.

Furthermore, the NWEC is the FEMCOM Chapter for Mauritius. The pan-African body has established Chapters with national associations of 19 COMESA Member States. These serve as platforms to support the implementation of FEMCOM’s activities by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and experience among women entrepreneurs of the sub region.

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