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TMEA to scale up women and trade programme

TradeMark East Africa commits to pushing for gender parity in all workplaces at different levels.

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | TradeMark East Africa plans to scale up its women and trade programme to reach over 300,000 beneficiaries in the region in the next five years, according to the organization’s CEO, Frank Matsaert.

Speaking during the recently concluded Trade and Development Forum in Kampala, Matsaert said more than 25,000 women in East Africa have benefitted from the programme in the last three years. Of these, 4,776 are from Uganda.

Launched in 2015, the women and trade programme helps women in trade access markets through establishment of cooperatives in various subsectors such as beans, coffee, maize, handcrafts and beverages.

Amelia Kyambadde, the Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, said TMEA programme has demonstrated that public private partnerships can actually bear tangible results when fully utilised.

“As a government, we will continue supporting partners to strengthen women and trade programmes in the country,” she said.

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