Friday 4 December, 2020

SheTrades Hub to support female entrepreneurs

File: Trade Minister Paula Gopee-Scoon.

File: Trade Minister Paula Gopee-Scoon.

Government has affirmed its commitment to providing opportunities to female entrepreneurs as part of driving the country’s COVID-19 economic recovery.

SheTrades Hub, Trinidad and Tobago, was launched yesterday making this country the first in the Caribbean to officially launch one.

Trade Minister Paula Gopee-Scoon said the platform will offer invaluable opportunities for Trinidad and Tobago’s female-owned medium and small enterprises.

The Minister said: “This platform will offer an international trade gateway for these entrepreneurs, granting access to a market of approximately 2.7 billion persons across 25 territories at this time.”

T&T joins a community of over 25 countries working towards connecting over three million women entrepreneurs to global markets by 2021 following the signing of an MoU with the International Trade Centre.

Gopee-Scoon said the platform has already gained a lot of interest locally with a growing number of entrepreneurs across a mix of sectors registered since April.

She expects this number to continue growing.

The Minister said: “Since April 2020, we have seen the number of on the SheTrades Platform grow daily and we are only at the launch stage.

These registered female-owned businesses represent a wide cross-section of sectors, including, agro-processing, health and beauty, professional services and the creative sectors.

I am particularly encouraged by the response thus far, and I anticipate that the numbers will rise exponentially in the near future.”

The Minister challenged others to get on board and be a part of the transformative programme that she said will reshape the local trading and economic landscape.

She noted that Government has engaged in several initiatives to promote female entrepreneurship as an avenue to contribute towards economic growth and recovery.

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