Sunday, May 26

Indian authorities support programme to empower women entrepreneurs

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Indian authorities are actively promoting the Womaniya initiative launched in 2019 to empower women entrepreneurs.

The programme is aimed at encouraging women’s participation in public procurement on a special profile portal. The authorities have identified several categories of products whose procurement procedure is simplified: handicrafts, handlooms, accessories, jute and coconut fibre products, bamboo products, organic food, spices, home décor, office furniture and others.

The programme is in line with the Government of India’s target of subsidising 3 per cent of government procurement for micro and small enterprises (MSEs) owned and managed by women.

‘Womaniya aims to address three issues: ‘access to markets’, ‘access to finance’ and ‘access to value addition’ faced by women entrepreneurs. The programme seeks to bring together the untapped entrepreneurial energy of the population,’ said K. P. Singh.

He emphasised the commitment of the resource he heads to social inclusion through initiatives like Vocal for Local and Make in India.



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