Zambian women urged to compete on COMESA market

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Women in Zambia have been urged to take advantage of the huge market in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).

Chief Executive Officer of the Federation of National Associations of Women in Business (FEMCOM) Katherine Ichoya says this can be achieved through adding value to the products which women produce.

Ms. Ichoya said this in Lusaka today when she opened a two-day textile cluster workshop for Lusaka based small and medium scale women entrepreneurships.

She said women should diversify their businesses and develop them to higher levels.

She said FEMCOM and the Zambia Federation of Associations of Women in Business (ZFAWIB) should persuade Zambian women to form clubs if they
were to excel in their lives.

Ms. Ichoya observed that although women in COMESA member states were marginalized, there was still hope to alleviate poverty especially if they remained united.

And ZFAWIB chairperson Nancy Kawandami challenged women in the country to showcase their skills and contribute to the growth of the nation.

Mrs. Kawandami said the two-day workshop was an eye-opener for women whom she urged to wisely use the knowledge they gained.

FEMCOM’s main objectives were to promote programmes that integrate women into trade and development activities in Eastern and Southern
Africa. It comprises of 19 member countries that make up the COMESA region.