Women entreprenuers' body to host meet in September

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New Delhi, Aug 22: The Federation of Indian Women Entrepreneurs (FIWE) is set to host the 12th Global Conference and Exhibition on 'Trade Liberalization and its Global Impact on Women Entrepreneurs' here from September 3-5. The three-day event will focus on issues and challenges that women-owned business ventures face and create an integrated opportunity by bringing together rural and urban women entrepreneurs and village artisans. Over 800 participants from various countries are expected to be present at the conference.

The FIWE said it was committed to support Indian women entrepreneurs to improve their businesses, help promote trade and empower them so that they emerge as instruments of change in their own communities.

The programme next month will see the prestigious 'Priyadarshini Awards' being handed out to successful women entrepreneurs. Some of the earlier recipients of the award includes Jennet from Sri Lanka, Martha Thiller from Indonesia and our own Shahnaz Hussain, some of the well-known entrepreneurs and role models in today's times.

FIWE president Dr Rajni Aggarwal said the women of today were more ambitious, independent and confident and setting up business ventures by themselves. She said the FIWE provided business counselling, networking opportunities and skill-development programmes for those women who were looking to start business or developing their existing ventures. Dr Aggarwal said they work closely with policymakers and address matters related to women entrepreneurs.

The event in September will see female business founders, CEOs and successful business leaders of the world to share their experience and speak on the best practices and challenges and celebrate the way women-owned businesses influence the world economy. The participants will work on business partnerships, visit factories and learn ways to build women-owned small and medium enterprises.

The FIWE had hosted the 7th Global Conference on Women Entrepreneurs in 2000 and the event was attended by over 900 people from over 40 countries.

Founded in 1993, the FIWE is a national organisation and one of the country's premier institute for women who work for development of entrepreneurship. It has 15,000 individual members and 28 member associations in the country.

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