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(GAWE) is an association of self- employed women manufacturers and exporters of goods and services
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Don't miss out... check out this video montage we put together from yesterday's conference. It is still on going.. All women entrepreneurs should be at Holiday Inn Airport, Accra. The main objective of this conference is to ‘Enhance awareness and create a more informed understanding on the opportunities, issues and approaches of Women Empowerment with resultant attention and resources directed towards supporting women entrepreneurs’. http://youtu.be/iO8WTybKV6I
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Conference Summary for Day One:
The 18th International conference of the World Association for SME (WASME) started on a high note on November 7, 2012 in Accra, Ghana. The Opening ceremony was chaired by Mrs Nana Akua Okyerewa I, Queen-Mother of Aburi-Nsakyby and Banmuhema of Akuapem Anafo Traditional Area; many other Queen mothers were also in attendance. Mrs Lucia Quachey, the President of Ghana Association of Women Entrepreneurs (GAWE) and one of the co-hosts of the event delivered the welcome address which was followed by an exhortation by Mr  B. U Girei, the Chairman of Standard Microfinance Bank Ltd and the WASME President. 
Mrs Merkedes Haile Mekuria, the Director and Regional Representative for World Women Trade Fair, Africa then took the floor. In her statement, she highlighted the need for women to have confidence in themselves and to trust one another in their business dealings. This was followed by a keynote address by the Ghana`s Minister for Trade and Industry, Honourable Hannah Tetteh, who spoke about the giant strides the Government of Ghana is making across provinces in promoting and enhancing the impact of SMEs across the country. She declared the Conference officially opened.
Dr Khaled Nagaty (via Skype) started the round of presentations with a paper on “Diversifying Economic Growth: The Role of Women Entrepreneurs”. He talked about the link between economic diversity and sustainability and suggested the introduction of Special Financial Credit Scheme and Education tailored for Women.  Dr P.C. Sabharwal, the Senior Adviser for WASME, delivered a paper on Accelerating Development of Agri-Business. He emphasised the obstacles that limit Women`s Opportunities in Agri-trade and the urgent need for literacy and skill development training programmes for women as well as the imperatives for increasing the role of women in decision-making and policy-making process.
Michelle Stern, the regional gender specialist for ACDI/VOCA presented a paper on “Smart economics: Job Creation, Women and Global Development” where she talked about the need to close the gender gap in access to agricultural inputs and resources and suggested that this would greatly reduce poverty and boost GDP especially in emerging economies. She also suggested that women need to be deliberately targeted as stakeholders across the value-chain as well as the imperative to understand and overcome gender-based constraints within local communities in developing countries.
 Dr Nupur Tiwari rounded up the Day with his presentation (via Skype) on “Poverty Alleviation through Micro-Initiatives: the Kudumbashree experience”. She analysed the comprehensive women-based poverty eradication programme jointly initiated by the Government of Kerala and NABARD Kudumbashree. She talked about how the programme had improved opportunities for women entrepreneurship across Kerala. 
WASME Conference Day One ended on a brilliant mood with eagerness for more enriching experience in the remaining days.  
                            -Written by Clairine Yomi and Ikudaisi Akinnola
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Day 1 @ 18th WASME World Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (WASME) Conference . It is open for the general public to attend. 
Hope to see all women entrepreneurs at Holiday Inn Airport , Accra today. Be a fan of +Ghana Association of Women Entrepreneurs 

Conference Summary for Day One:
The 18th International conference of the World Association for SME (WASME) started on a high note on November 7, 2012 in Accra, Ghana. The Opening ceremony was chaired by Mrs Nana Akua Okyerewa I, Queen-Mother of Aburi-Nsakyby and Banmuhema of Akuapem Anafo Traditional Area; many other Queen mothers were also in attendance. Mrs Lucia Quachey, the President of Ghana Association of Women Entrepreneurs (GAWE) and one of the co-hosts of the event delivered the welcome address which was followed by an exhortation by Mr  B. U Girei, the Chairman of Standard Microfinance Bank Ltd and the WASME President. 
Mrs Merkedes Haile Mekuria, the Director and Regional Representative for World Women Trade Fair, Africa then took the floor. In her statement, she highlighted the need for women to have confidence in themselves and to trust one another in their business dealings. This was followed by a keynote address by the Ghana`s Minister for Trade and Industry, Honourable Hannah Tetteh, who spoke about the giant strides the Government of Ghana is making across provinces in promoting and enhancing the impact of SMEs across the country. She declared the Conference officially opened.
Dr Khaled Nagaty (via Skype) started the round of presentations with a paper on “Diversifying Economic Growth: The Role of Women Entrepreneurs”. He talked about the link between economic diversity and sustainability and suggested the introduction of Special Financial Credit Scheme and Education tailored for Women.  Dr P.C. Sabharwal, the Senior Adviser for WASME, delivered a paper on Accelerating Development of Agri-Business. He emphasised the obstacles that limit Women`s Opportunities in Agri-trade and the urgent need for literacy and skill development training programmes for women as well as the imperatives for increasing the role of women in decision-making and policy-making process.
Michelle Stern, the regional gender specialist for ACDI/VOCA presented a paper on “Smart economics: Job Creation, Women and Global Development” where she talked about the need to close the gender gap in access to agricultural inputs and resources and suggested that this would greatly reduce poverty and boost GDP especially in emerging economies. She also suggested that women need to be deliberately targeted as stakeholders across the value-chain as well as the imperative to understand and overcome gender-based constraints within local communities in developing countries.
 Dr Nupur Tiwari rounded up the Day with his presentation (via Skype) on “Poverty Alleviation through Micro-Initiatives: the Kudumbashree experience”. She analysed the comprehensive women-based poverty eradication programme jointly initiated by the Government of Kerala and NABARD Kudumbashree. She talked about how the programme had improved opportunities for women entrepreneurship across Kerala. 
WASME Conference Day One ended on a brilliant mood with eagerness for more enriching experience in the remaining days.  
                            -Written by Clairine Yomi and Ikudaisi Akinnola


 
We are happy to inform you that World Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (WASME) in collaboration with the under listed organizations are organizing the 18th International Conference and Exhibition of Products in Accra Ghana from the 7th - 11th November, 2012 at the HOLIDAY INN HOTEL , ACCRA, AIRPORT . It is free for the general public to attend http://www.ghanawomenentrepreneurs.org/GHANAWOMENENTREPRENEURS/Conference/
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We are happy to inform you that World Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (WASME) in collaboration with the under listed organizations are organizing the 18th International Conference and Exhibition of Products in Accra Ghana from the 7th - 11th November, 2012 at the HOLIDAY INN HOTEL , ACCRA, AIRPORT . It is free for the general public to attend http://www.ghanawomenentrepreneurs.org/GHANAWOMENENTREPRENEURS/Conference/
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Exhibition is open to the general public at the Holiday inn.
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All is set for the 18th International Conference and Exhibition of Products in Accra Ghana from tomorrow the 7th - 11th November, 2012 at the HOLIDAY INN HOTEL , ACCRA, AIRPORT. Hope to see you there. http://www.ghanawomenentrepreneurs.org/GHANAWOMENENTREPRENEURS/Conference/ 
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There will be awards and dinner dance at the Aviation social center on Sunday the 11th of November.You can get the tickets for a 100 Ghana Cedi at Holiday Inn Hotel.
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Next week Wednesday 7th is the 18th International Conference and Exhibition of Products in Accra Ghana. The conference is free for all but if you want to exhibit and participate, kindly open this link to register http://www.ghanawomenentrepreneurs.org/GHANAWOMENENTREPRENEURS/Conference/ 
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