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Commonwealth Businesswomen

Trade Matters, Best Practices & Success Stories

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Globalisation and trade liberalisation are posing a number of challenges – as well as creating new opportunities – for the many women entrepreneurs throughout the Commonwealth. Since women-owned businesses play a key role in national economic growth, it is important to ensure that the policy environment, infrastructure and support mechanism for businesses are accessible to them and meet their needs. This book offers a number of case studies which address issues traditionally seen as problems for businesswomen: access to credit, information, technology and markets, and equity issues. These are followed by a compilation of best practices: more than thirty stories from around the Commonwealth showing how, while developing successful businesses, women entrepreneurs have found innovative ways to integrate social issues and structures as well as to network and build cross-sectoral alliances. The book also provides an overview of World Trade Organization agreements and looks at the workings of the International Monetary Fund.

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Executive Summary

Businesswomen in the Commonwealth, as elsewhere, contribute numerous ideas and a great deal of energy and capital resources to their communities, and most generate jobs as well as creating additional work for suppliers and other businesses. Women-owned businesses come in all sizes, but the majority are concentrated at either the micro enterprise or small and medium sized enterprise (SME) level. SMEs are key to a country's economic growth and their success can help reduce poverty, improve the health of families and communities, raise literacy and educational levels, and empower women.

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