Ethiopia keen to support entrepreneurs devoted to use AGOA

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Addis Ababa, 28 June 2014 (WIC) – The Ministry of Trade (MoT) said the government of Ethiopia will provide all the necessary support to the private sector endeavoring to exploit the AGOA opportunities.
Trade Minister Kebede Chane made the remark at an exhibition organized by members of Alliance for Women Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) Ethiopia Chapter to showcase their work and create market linkage.
Though Ethiopia is one of the countries that use the AGOA opportunity in exporting items to the US market, the performance is low compared to what the opportunity offers, he said.
However, the country has now prepared a national strategy in order to make best use out of AGOA opportunities, the minister noted.
Accordingly, the government will offers all needed supports to entrepreneurs working to help their country and boost their economic empowerment using these opportunities, he said.
President of Alliance for Women Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) Ethiopia Chapter, Samrawit Moges, on her part said the exhibition was intended to create market linkage and to showcase efforts, work and also successes of members of the chamber.
The Chapter is providing various support services to its members through the provision of training, platform for networking and facilitation of export market linkage, she said.
Ambassador of the United States to Ethiopia, Patricia Haslach, on her part said the US government would continue offering technical support and advisory services for women entrepreneurs.
AWEP, formerly known as Woman Entrepreneurs Group (WEG), was originally established in 2006 with the support of the Embassy of the United States of America in Ethiopia.