WTO working to assist female entrepreneurs in Nigeria - Okonjo-Iweala

The newly appointed Director-General of the World Trade Organisation, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has revealed the intentions and plans of the WTO which is geared towards assisting female entrepreneurs in Nigeria.

This, according to the DG is in a way to help them become stakeholders in regional and international markets, and enable them correct the inequality through trade.


Okonjo Iweala disclosed during her meeting with the Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Pauline Tallen on Wednesday in Abuja the intentions of the WTO to fund small business holders and women entrepreneurs.

She added that the funding will assist in growing their various businesses and to enable them  to penetrate both local and international markets.


While speaking with the Minister of Women Affairs, she also claimed that WTO was currently in partnership with Oyo State to support women cooperative producing shea butter in order to to upgrade and export their products.

She said;

“The challenge on how to assist women entrepreneurs so that they move from the small activity they are doing to the next level.

“So that they attain the quality that is required to be able to penetrate regional and international market that is one of the things that WTO can help with,’


She added that the WTO wants to redress inequality through trade, and sees trade as an engine of economic growth which is what we need during this pandemic.
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