A historic step for women entrepreneurs in the Caribbean

May 17, 2023  –WILLEMSTAD – During the three-day Curaçao Export Week 2023, Deputy Prime Minister of Curaçao, Mrs. Ruthmilda Larmonie-Cecilia, officially launched ‘Caribbean Women in Trade’ on behalf of the Government of Curaçao.

‘Caribbean Women in Trade’ is a platform that facilitates networking and collaboration among women entrepreneurs and professionals throughout the Caribbean region, as well as in diaspora communities established in other parts of the world, to enable their success in trade. The launch of ‘Caribbean Women in Trade’ breaks barriers and creates more opportunities for diverse Caribbean women from different sectors and backgrounds to share their experiences, learn from each other, and work together towards common goals. The main headquarters of ‘Caribbean Women in Trade’ will be established here in Curaçao, and it will officially become part of the ‘Association of Women in International Trade’ in the United States. 

During the speech at the launch of ‘Caribbean Women in Trade’, Minister Larmonie-Cecilia indicated that this is a historic moment, especially considering recent studies showing that Caribbean businesses where women are owners face different challenges such as limited access to financing, lack of training and guidance, and a cultural bias that often favors male entrepreneurs. 

All female entrepreneurs and professionals in the Caribbean or diaspora can become members of ‘Caribbean Women in Trade’. On the Curaçao Export Week Facebook page, you can find more information about this collaboration. You can register for free to become a member of ‘Caribbean Women in Trade’ by filling out the form at the following link: https://bit.ly/registrationCWIT. 

The Ministry of Economic Development (MEO), CINEX, and the Government of Curaçao firmly believe that women entrepreneurs and professionals can also contribute to our economic growth and fantastic developments; we just need to provide them with the necessary tools and resources for their success. 

Curaçao Export Week 2023 continues on Thursday, May 18, and Friday, May 19, with a highly interesting program. For more information about Curaçao Export Week and an overview of the program for the rest of the week, you can visit www.curacaoexport.org. 

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