ESCAP AND EIF JOIN HANDS TO BUILD CAPACITY OF WOMEN-LED BUSINESSES IN SOUTH ASIA

South Asia has lagged behind in different indicators of women’s economic empowerment. ESCAP is promoting women’s entrepreneurship in the subregion as an empowerment tool in support of SDG 5: Gender Equality. The latest initiative in this direction is through ESCAP’s project with the Geneva-based Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) to assist women-owned businesses in South Asian least developed countries to build capacity for harnessing e-commerce platforms. Through the initiative, women entrepreneurs are expected to better capitalize on the business opportunities within and outside their home countries. The project, to be implemented by ESCAP Subregional Office for South and South-West Asia, will target women entrepreneurs in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal over the next three years. The project will be officially launched in Kathmandu, Nepal on 11 September 2019.