IWD: WTO Boss Okonjo Iweala calls for stronger policies to aid African women in Business and Finance

Director General World Trade Organization Dr. Ngozi Okonjo -Iweala has called on Governments in Africa create better and stronger policies that are favorable to women in business and financing. According to her providing an opening to finance especially with the end to end approach to supporting businesses is critical to women if they are to impact in the economy.

Director General, World Trade Organization Dr. Ngozi Okonjo- Iweala addressing women at the Access Bank Women International Conference

She was speaking at the just concluded International Women’s Day Conference organised by Access Bank as part of celebrations for the International Women’s Day.

The Conference which comes as part of Access Bank’s committment to inspire, connect and empower women to attain their full potentials, brought together an array or leading female proffessional and corporate executives with impacting as well as inspiring stories.

The conference which held at The Eko Hotels, Victoria Island, Lagos on Thursday March 10, 2022, also saw participants furthering the discussions around how women across all life stages can thrive through stereotypes to attain full potentials.

Top female keynote speakers who featured at the conference include top female corporate executives from accross all sectors of the economy invluding Rolake Akinkugbe- Filani, (Mixta Africa), Tosin Olaseinde , (Money Africa Kids), Tolani Tayo – Osikoyoa (Diary of a kitchen Lover), Damilola Damilola Olosusi( Co- Founder Shuttlers), Ife Agoro ( Dang), Nigerian Radio and TV personalities such IK Osakioduwa and Talk show host, Toolz.

Access Bank Plc. is a leading full-service commercial Bank operating through a network of more than 600 branches and service outlets, spanning three continents, 12 countries and 31 million customers.

The Bank employs 28,000 people in its operations in Nigeria and has subsidiaries in Sub-Saharan Africa and the United Kingdom (with a branch in Dubai, UAE) and representative offices in China, Lebanon and India.

In July 2014, Access Bank unveiled the “W” initiative to accelerate a new and stronger wave of hitherto scanty female entrepreneurs in Nigeria.

In addition to financial inclusion, the “W” initiative is a one-stop center of all of Access Bank’s women empowerment offerings. Some of these include capacity building programs exclusive to women, mentoring programmes, and maternal health services, all aimed at helping to build a bigger, stronger, and more sustainable society. Under the “W” initiative, participating women and their families have access to a wide range of opportunities.

Part of these privileges includes access to loans and credit facilities; access to the ‘W’ community in which they can get insights concerning family matters and finance matters.

In addition, ‘W’ community also provides Women with access to information about several value-adding special offers for the home, including specially discounted offers as well as freebies on health, beauty, and fitness.

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