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Dr Jane W. Thuo, second left during the conference also graced by H.E. Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson African Union Commission Uncategorized

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She also presented the findings of a regional study of a survey commissioned by the EAWiBP last year on barriers facing business women in the East African Community. The survey was conducted in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi.  The study identified the main challenges including: (i)Ineffective Implementation of Legal and Policy Frameworks and Gender Neutral and Discriminative Legal and Policy Frameworks;(ii) for accessing credit by business women include: lack of collateral, illiteracy, limited innovativeness, unregistered businesses, domestic problems, multiple borowing, and lack of well identified business premises; and (iii) Illiteracy, diversion to other family needs and interference by husband as the main challenges affecting effective utilization of credit by women business owners.  Dr Thuo was representing the East Africa Women in Business Platform (EAWiBP) to which AMWIK is a member of the Executive Committee at the 8th Congress for Women Entrepreneurs.

The 8th Congress for Women Entrepreneurs was organized by Business and Professional Women Egypt  ( BPW – Egypt ), Egyptian Business Women Association (EBWA), Organization for Women in Trade – Egypt, (OWIT – Cairo – Chapter), African Alliance for Women Empowerment (AFRAWE), Afro – Arab Network for Women Empowerment and  supported by African Development Bank. The theme of the conference was: Economic Empowerment and Support of MSMEs To Meet the MDGs and Post 2015 Development Agenda Heading Towards the African Renaissance And Promoting Panafricanism. The conference was be held on 23 – 25 April 2013 Mena House Oberoi Hotel, Cairo, Egypt. The congress was attended by more than 300 Women from Africa, Arab World, and Mediterranean & all over the world which is a very good opportunity for women Entrepreneurs of Africa to network & market their products.

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