BY BENJAMIN TANDOH
THE UNITERRA International Seminar, a global international event, will this year be held in Ghana for the fourth time since its inception in 1946.
The event, which is expected to commence from October 14-27, 2018, will bring together 10 Ghanaian and 10 Canadian entrepreneurs, and will focus on providing a cross-cultural learning experience for female entrepreneurs, under the theme ‘Women in Entrepreneur’.
Speaking to the DAILY HERITAGE at the media launch of the 72nd Uniterra International Seminar in Accra, Madam Clara Nyarkoah Anim, Country Director, Uniterra, expressed the opinion that women were the driving force behind economic development, hence the programme.
She added that women have a critical role to play in fulfilling the government’s ambition of making Ghana free from international aid.
“Women are often marginalised as entrepreneurs, globally, so I think it’s an excellent opportunity to shine some light on some amazing entrepreneurs.
“We aim to work on empowering women economically, and we see a great value in providing a platform for discussions and best practices, with cross-cultural twist,” she said.
According to her, women face some unusual challenges at workplaces, and added that, the programme would bring some successful women entrepreneurs to mentor the participants.
“Issues facing women in their businesses are different from the general ones. When it comes to operational management, a woman is seen to be bossy when she’s vocal and very strong [in decisions making].
“This programme is not the normal programme that we have on entrepreneurship. There’s some continuity with this programme where we connect these people (participants) to mentors who can give them ideas and provide supports to their businesses,” she told the paper.
She disclosed to the paper that participants were thoroughly screened in order to ensure that they select the best ones.
“Participants have already been selected and it was a thorough process. We just didn’t want it to look like the normal thing. We advertised and they applied and were made to preach their business to our outside partners, the NBC Africa,” she said.
The programme, which is funded by the Global Affairs Canada and the Canadian government seeks to draw representatives from the Ministries of Gender, Children, and Social Protection, as well as Business Development.
About the Uniterra programme
Uniterra is a leading Canadian international volunteer corporation and development programmes that is jointly operated by the World University Service of Canada and the Centre for International Studies, Canada.
The purpose of the programme is to improve the socio-economic conditions of the world’s women and youth populations through better access to employment and income generation opportunities.