TradeMark Africa to Build Capacity for 2,000 Women Entrepreneurs and Informal Cross Border Traders in South Sudan

NIMULE: TradeMark Africa and the Government of South Sudan have today launched a capacity building program that will benefit 2,000 women entrepreneurs and informal women cross border traders. The launch event was held in Nimule boarder town and had representation from senior officials from both the Ministry of Trade& Industry, TradeMark Africa, Sudan Women Entrepreneurs Association (SWEA) and Chamber of Women Entrepreneurs (COWE)

The Women in Trade Programme is a 9-month programme and is funded by Global Affairs Canada through regional trade agency TradeMark Africa. The programme will train women across the borders of Nimule, Kaya and Nadapal and will focus on improving the trading environment for women in trade as well as build business capacity of women traders, SMEs and Cooperatives.
Through the Programme, TradeMark Africa seeks to increase incomes and improve livelihoods for women traders and women-owned enterprises through capacity building, addressing trade barriers and advocacy for policies that will create an enabling environment for women traders and women-led SMEs. This is part of a larger initiative by TMA to tackle poverty and reduce inequality through increased trade and competitiveness. The expected end of programme outcome is “Increased Social and Economic Empowerment of Women Traders in Eastern Africa.

TradeMark Africa to Build Capacity for 2,000 Women Entrepreneurs and Informal Cross Border Traders in South Sudan

Speaking during the launch, Undersecretary for EAC Affairs Hon. Mou Mou Athian lauded the program as one anticipated to give a major boost to women traders, women entrepreneurs, and co-operative societies in the country. “Women traders and entrepreneurs have been raring to reach regional markets but most don’t have the necessary capacity to navigate aspects of international trade. This training will thus address a very real need and in doing so unlock much value in terms of trade” noted Ohure.

The programs key objectives are to; increase income from trade, increase the capacity of women to participate in trade and promote the rights of women in trade while reducing their vulnerability to violence and exploitation.

TradeMark Africa Country Representative John Bosco Kalisa noted that the training could not have come at a more opportune time. ‘Many informal cross border women traders’ businesses have been hit hard by the Covid19 pandemic. Through the skills attained from this programme we anticipate they will be able to recover, build more resilient businesses and expand their various trades across the region” observed Kalisa.

The training will be undertaken by AMSCO Development Ltd, a pan African private sector development company.

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