Northern Economist Businesswomen Conference launched

11 Jun 2014 14:20pm
WINDHOEK, 11 JUN (NAMPA) – The 15th Northern Economist Businesswomen’s Conference was launched in the capital on Tuesday.
The conference will take place in Ongwediva on 07 August 2014.
The aim of the conference is to create an opportunity for women to share their expertise and skills, make new contacts, support one another and create worthwhile business relationships.
During the event, the organiser of the Economist Businesswomen’s Projects, Desere Lundon-Muller delivered a statement on behalf of Namibian Businesswoman of the Year 1999, Sara Elago.
“The Economist Businesswomen Club with its more than 120 enlisted members constitutes the single-biggest concentration of career women in the country and as such, possesses vast wealth when it comes to business experience. Exposing their colleagues in the North to this accumulated pool of skills is the driving force behind the conference,” Elago said.
Elago, who is also the patron of the conference, initiated the Northern Economist Businesswomen Conference as part of her projects when she was announced Businesswoman of the Year in 1999. It is organised by local newspaper the Namibia Economist and held in conjunction with the Economist Businesswomen Club.
Funding for the conference comes from the private sector.
“We sincerely thank our main sponsors Telecom Namibia and Standard Bank Namibia for their commitment towards the empowerment of women in Namibia,” she said.
The conference is tailored to all women who want to increase their professionalism, job satisfaction, add value to their organisations and to encourage entrepreneurs.
It will include presentations and workshops on topics vital to businesswomen in today's marketplace.
“Presentations will be in English and Oshiwambo with simultaneous translation in each module to facilitate communication,” she added.
All funds generated by the club go towards the Economist Businesswomen Bursary Fund, which finances female students studying in business related fields.
Also speaking at the event, Standard Bank Namibia’s Manager of Public Relations and Communications, Surihe Gaomas said women empowerment is a major development issue for Namibia and it is in light of this that the bank is proud to be one of the corporate sponsors of the 2014c Northern Economist Businesswomen Conference.
“It is at conferences like these that we strive to give opportunities and necessary business tools to Namibian women to empower themselves, and not only themselves, but also those who they serve in their various communities,” said Gaomas.
Standard Bank Namibia donated N.dollars 55 000 towards the conference. Of this amount, N.dollars 50 000 will go toward preparations for the conference, while the remaining N.dollars 5 000 is allocated for the Best SME Competition run by the Economist Businesswomen club. Telecom Namibia contributed N.dollars 45 000.