Last week, Curaçao’s Vice Prime Minister, Mrs. Ruthmilda Larmonie-Cecilia, took center stage during the three-day Curaçao Export Week 2023 to make an important announcement on behalf of the Government of Curaçao. The official launch of ‘Caribbean Women in Trade’ was met with great enthusiasm and anticipation. This pioneering platform aims to foster networking and collaboration among women entrepreneurs and professionals across the Caribbean region and its diaspora, empowering them to thrive in the world of trade.
The inauguration of ‘Caribbean Women in Trade’ is a significant milestone that holds the promise of breaking barriers and opening doors for Caribbean women from diverse sectors and backgrounds. By providing a space where they can share experiences, learn from one another, and collaborate towards common goals, this platform cultivates an environment conducive to their success. The main headquarters of ‘Caribbean Women in Trade’ will be established in Curaçao, strategically positioning it at the heart of the Caribbean region.
Furthermore, ‘Caribbean Women in Trade’ will proudly join the ranks of the Association of Women in International Trade in the United States as an official member. This affiliation expands its international reach and establishes valuable partnerships that will enhance its impact and influence.
During her address at the launch event, Minister Larmonie-Cecilia emphasized the historical significance of this moment. Recent studies have shed light on the unique challenges faced by Caribbean businesses owned by women, including limited access to financing, a lack of training and guidance, and prevailing cultural biases that favor male entrepreneurs. The establishment of ‘Caribbean Women in Trade’ represents a concerted effort to address these disparities head-on and pave the way for a more inclusive and equitable business landscape.
Membership in ‘Caribbean Women in Trade’ is open to all female entrepreneurs and professionals residing in the Caribbean or the diaspora. Registration as a member of ‘Caribbean Women in Trade’ is completely free and can be completed by filling out the form available at the following link: https://bit.ly/registrationCWIT.
The Ministry of Economic Development (MEO), in conjunction with CINEX and the Government of Curaçao, firmly believes in the immense potential of women entrepreneurs and professionals to drive economic growth and foster fantastic development. By equipping them with the necessary tools and resources to succeed, ‘Caribbean Women in Trade’ aims to empower women and facilitate their active participation in international trade. This initiative aligns with the broader vision of nurturing inclusive economic development and promoting gender equality, ensuring that women can flourish and achieve remarkable success in the global marketplace.