Ethiopia’s First Lady Organizes Meetings With Turkish Businesswomen’s Delegation

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Written by Makula Dunbar

From All Africa

The first-ever delegation of businesswomen from Turkey visited and held business meetings for three days in the capital, starting on Thursday.

The meetings have been organized by the first lady, Roman Tesfaye, who in June, had led Ethiopian delegates to Turkey.

The business-to-business meetings with Ethiopian counterparts were held at the Ethiopian National Archives and Library Agency, where 25 businesswomen were represented from the confederation of businessmen and industrialists of Turkey (TUSKON). According to Saime Yildiz, head of the delegation, the group came for the first time representing women-owned businesses from TUSKON.

First Lady Roman told reporters that the visit and the business-to-business meetings were organized by her office, which, according to the first lady, is an opportunity to nurture business environments from both sides. She said another group of Ethiopian business owners are looking for more exposure to the Turkish business climate. The first lady also noted that women engaged in the textile and garment and leather sectors are making use of the global market.

According to Roman, in pursuit of support for those women investors, she (Roman) will work on assisting women who are excelling in their career. She also said that she would assist those who will work in providing job opportunities for the most marginalized women in the society.

The first lady is known for instigating an initiative dubbed “Connecting 1500 Women and Young Girls to the Export Market,” which among others will provide opportunities for women entrepreneurs to have access to foreign markets.

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