The East African Business Council (EABC) said on Tuesday that it has partnered with three United Nations entities to train women and youth in the East African region on business opportunities. through the African Continental Free Trade Area (ZLECA).
The EABC, which is based in Arusha, Tanzania, mentioned in a statement that the UN entities were the International Trade Centre, the UN Development Program and UN Women.
The statement said that the EABC and the three UN entities organized a three-day workshop in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, from September 20 to 22, during which more than 70 business representatives from the region were able to learn about the AfCFTA and get an idea of the state of the negotiations as well as the progress made in the implementation of the trade agreement.
The statement adds that the workshop also provided participants with a comprehensive toolkit on how best to tailor their services to boost business competitiveness in a new liberalized African market.
“Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, especially women and young entrepreneurs, will thrive when institutions operating within Africa’s business ecosystems are strengthened and able to respond to their emerging needs and advance their interests,” the statement said. .
The statement also said that representatives of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises from other regional economic business organizations present at the workshop and seeking to encourage cross-regional business networking seized the opportunity by presenting their products.