Caribbean women in business to showcase at European Development Days 2018

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — Caribbean Export will showcase at Europe’s leading forum on international cooperation and development, European Development Days (EDD) bringing greater publicity to their women focused programme Women Empowered through Export (WE-Xport).

WE-Xport was launched in March of this year with the aim of supporting women-owned businesses to grow through assisting in their development to either start exporting or increase their exports. Nineteen businesses have been selected to participate in the programme and are expected to focus on exporting their products and services primarily to the European Union, utilising the benefits of the CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement.

The participation of Caribbean Export together with two participants of WE-Xport; EcoFarms from Jamaica and Sugar Town Organics from St Kitts and Nevis will bring focus to the Agency’s work with the European Union and specifically the Agency’s focus on female entrepreneurs under the 11th EDF Regional Private Sector Development Programme.

The theme of EDD 2018 is ‘Women and Girls at the Forefront of Sustainable Development: Protect, Empower, Invest’ and is expected to attract over 6,000 participants from 140 countries, representing 1,200 organisations from the development community. It is anticipated that the inclusion of WE-Xport participants will raise the visibility of Caribbean women in business and provide an opportunity for greater market penetration within Europe.

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