Women seek to boost Africa trade

Addis-Ababa – African women want to bring real added value to the development of intra-African trade by implementing their sense of innovation and their dynamism, an African Union official has said.
In an interview with PANA ahead of the AU Ordinary Summit in Ethiopia, Fatima Karadja, the vice president of the bloc’s economic, social and cultural council, said Africa must integrate women into commercial activities.
“African women have a sense of creativeness and an energy which they can transform into actions in the service of the development of intra-African trade.
“This is all about carrying out specific activities in favour of these women to start compensating for the imbalance they experience as compared to men,” she said.
Karadja said gender equality must serve the development of intra-African trade.
“In this perspective, which can only benefit Africa’s development, women must be further integrated.
“They have an extraordinary capacity to cope with complex structures.
“They can therefore, through their involvement, bring real added value to intra-African trade.”
The development of intra-African trade is the central theme of the 18th Summit of the AU, which started in Addis Ababa on Monday and ends on January 30.
According to the different estimates, trade exchanges between the different African countries only represent 12 percent to 13 percent of transactions.

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