In partnership with the Association of Nigerian women business network, Ecowas federation of business women entrepreneurs, The East Africa Business Council and East Africa women in business platform with support from AFREXIM Bank and The Ecowas Commission from 21st – 24th March 2023 at the Movenpick Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya.
Snapshot of the Meeting session with West Africa delegates & Kenya Export promotion & Branding Agency (KEPROBA) Team
The West Meets East Trade Mission and Business Development Tour is hosted as part of the Global Female Leaders, and Entrepreneurs Conference (FLEC), an annual event organized by Compass Global. FLEC is designed to be a “convergence”, to initiate powerful conversations with Female Leaders, around Gender Development and the pivotal role Gender Balance, and Diversity has to play in Africa’s Transformation Agenda.
With the support of the ECOWAS Commission and AfreximBank; Delegates from West Africa including Trade Promotion Agencies, Business Support Organisations, Chambers of Commerce, Women’s Associations, Trade Groups, and Youth Networks across West Africa who participated in the trade mission.
The goal of the WEST MEETS EAST is to instigate a coalition for regional business linkage, and partnerships towards improving Intra Africa Trade, and against the backdrop of the AFCFTA.
This endeavour therefore connected Counterparts from West to Players across East Africa via a series of Private Sector Led engagements.
Key activities of the West Meets East Trade Mission focused on the objectives of exposing players regional value chain opportunities, networking, whilst also building those important connections and vital links for regional integration. Key focal points were the Market Visits (B2B Meeting & Appointments) / West meets East Africa Marketplace, and the Business to Customer Activation during the 2 day conference. According to the Convener, Tokunbo Chiedu, CEO Compass Global, The 2023 edition of FLEC hosts the West Meets East Africa Trade Mission & Business Development Tour, and offers a unique opportunity to showcase the regional value proposition of the East & West of Africa, whilst creating a platform to explore and develop opportunities & foster partnerships between players across the regions; towards unlocking the $22 billion Intra Africa Trade opportunity and against the backdrop of the AFCFTA”.
Group Photo Session with Dr. Mrs Funmilola Williams – Daudu, President Akoko Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines & Agriculture / CEO Metilo Farms Ltd, Tokunbo Chiedu (Mrs.), CEO Compass Global/Convener FLEC & West Meets East Africa, Maureen M. Mambo, Ag. Director, Nation Branding, Marketing & Communication Directorate , Kenya Export Promotion and Branding Agency (KEPROBA), Larissa Talla Nguetcho, Past President Junior Chamber International, Cameroon/CEO Vickaris SARL. Matimba Changala (Mrs), Manager, Intra-African Bank, Afreximbank. Adetunmike Quadri, Founder / Lead Consultant, Learning Tree Consult, Peter Ochieng, Ag. Director, Research & Innovation, Kenya Export Promotion & Branding Agency (KEPROBA), Ngozi Oyewole, President Commonwealth Business Women’s Network (CBWN) / CEO Noxie Ltd, Funmilayo Ade-ojo, Vice Chairperson, The Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce Industry, Mines & Agriculture. (L-R)
Mrs Chiedu has praised the formidable support from all Strategic Partners; especially with regards to the mobilization of key Associations, Women Business Networks and SMEs across both West & East Africa to be part of the engagements.
Leading the delegation for the ECOWAS Region was the President ECOWAS FEBWE NIGERIA Iyalode Alaba Lawson MFR, Fiod, and counterparts from Madam Beatrice Koko Kallay, Consul General Sierra Leone High Commission – Nigeria, Madam Ndey Contey Jallow Gambia, Madam Larissa Mafouku Talla- Past President Junior Chamber International Cameroon, with support from Mr Aminou Akadiri-Executive Director FEWACCI.
In attendance from Nigeria’s Organized Private Sector were: Deputy National Coordinator- Association of Nigeria Women Business Network (ANWBN) Otunba Gbemisola Oduntan, President Commonwealth Women’s Business Council Africa, Mrs Ngozi Oyewole, President Akoko Chamber of Commerce Industry Mines & Agriculture, Dr Funmilola Williams Daudu , National Vice Chairperson The Nigeria Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines & Agriculture (NACCIMA) Women’s Business Group (NAWORG) Mrs Funmilayo Ade – Ojo, and the President of Better Life Foundation, Hajia Sameera Abubakar.
A total representation of 40 West Africa delegates where mobilized to include Presidents of Women Business Networks and Associations and SMEs from across key sectors of agribusiness, manufacturing and services from Nigeria, Sierra Leone, The Gambia, Benin Republic, Liberia, Cape Verde, Cameroun. 50 Exhibitors made up of Businesses / SMEs of West & East Africa showcased at the exhibition.
Otunba Gbemisola Oduntan, Deputy National Co-ordinator, Association of Nigeria Women Business Network (ANWBN), Nigeria. Princess Omotola Omole, National Co-ordinator, ECOWAS Federation of Business Women Entrepreneurs (FEBWE), Nigeria. Hon. Olufemi Fakeye, Chairman, House Committee on Commerce, Federal House of Representative, Nigeria. Ose Imokhuede, Chairman Ancestral House Eastern Africa, Kenya. Hadjia Sameerah Abubakar, President, better Life Foundation, Nigeria. Ngozi Oyewole, President, Commonwealth Business Women’s Network (CBWN), Nigeria. Iyalode Alaba Lawson MFR, FiOD, President ECOWAS Federation of Business Women Entrepreneur (FEBWE), Nigeria. Tokunbo Chiedu (Mrs.), CEO Compass Global/Convener FLEC & West Meets East Africa. (L-R)
Compass Global has a proven Track Record of Working with its Strategic Partners to deliver carefully curated, and relevant programmes, including initiatives to support development across the African Continent; with key focuses on issues around the capacity building, training, and empowerment of Women and Youths, whilst providing the support to retool and re-skill Africa’s Private sector, its ecosystems and SMEs.
West African delegates inspecting materials at Jeilo Collections, Jeilo’s Staff attending to West African Delegates Cheruto Lelei, TJ Communications Team. Hadjia Sameerah Abubakar, President, Better Life Foundation. Funmilayo Ade-ojo, National Vice Chairperson, The Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce Industry Mines & Agriculture (NACCIMA) Women Business Group (NAWORG). Larissa Talla Nguetcho, Past President Junior Chamber International, Cameroon/CEO Vickaris SARL
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