Mobilisation of female SME owners creates jobs: Saloranta

20 May 2014 16:30pm
WINDHOEK, 20 MAY (NAMPA) – Finnish Ambassador to Namibia, Anne Saloranta says the mobilisation and support of women who own small and medium enterprises (SMEs) energises the creation of local formal jobs.
This in turn reduces poverty in the country, she said during a Namibian women's economic empowerment discussion organised by the Embassy of Finland and the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) in the capital on Tuesday.
The advantage of empowering small-scale women entrepreneurs reaches even further than merely improving their personal situation, Saloranta noted, adding that the economic empowerment of women supports the development of a more prosperous society for all.
“Today's event is aimed at promoting social equality in Namibia. It contributes to the enhancement of economic growth which reduces inequality, and enforces economic policy, which pursues justice to create equal opportunities for all to participate in society, for employment and for social protection,” she stated.
Finland strongly supports efforts to create equal possibilities for all to participate in society and in decent work, and her country also supports the participation of women in economic activities as well as rejects any form of discrimination which gives rise to gender inequality in the economic sector.
“Gender equality is a human rights’ issue, but by strengthening the status of women, economic development and well-being are promoted as well,” she noted.
The Association of Women Entrepreneurs in Tampere, Finland in partnership with the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) embarked on a project titled 'Promoting Women Entrepreneurship in Namibia - from Woman to Woman' in 2012.
This project is aimed at mentoring and coaching local women entrepreneurs, and more than 15 women from the //Karas Region have benefited so far.
“The world needs women entrepreneurs, and women entrepreneurs need all of us. It is time to provide the support and tools to ensure that in 2014 and beyond, women-led businesses flourish,” Saloranta said.