Three local businesswomen will participate at the 9th annual International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge Conference (Iwec) which begins in Belgium today.
BY Staff Reporter
The conference, which runs up to November 9, brings together successful women entrepreneurs from Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Australia and North and South America.
In a statement last week, Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC) deputy president and representative of Iwec in Zimbabwe, Divine Ndhlukula said Zimbabwe would be represented by Roselyn Charehwa, Zodwa Mkandla and Hope Makwara.
Ndhlukula said ZNCC was excited to be part of Iwec.
“Our commitment to the growth of women-owned businesses globally is extended through our Iwec engagement,” she said.
Each year, Iwec recognises the breakthroughs, achievements and thought leadership of women business owners from across the globe. This year, Iwec will present awards to 42 successful women entrepreneurs from 21 countries.
The industries represented by the awardees include computer software, manufacturing, agricultural business, waste management, engineering, health services, skin care, travel, shipping and freight forwarding, education and many other enterprises.
The firms led by these women and past Iwec awardees account for over $25 billion dollars in combined revenue, with over 125 000 employees worldwide, Iwec said.
Iwec’s mission is to develop a global business network for successful women business owners, helping them gain and expand access to international markets by presenting a platform for the exchange of knowledge, experience, connectivity and to promote dialogue among women entrepreneurs and business leaders throughout the world.
This year’s conference theme is, Connecting Women Businesses Globally: Building a Viable Future.