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Africa: CLDP Conducts Workshop on AfCFTA Empowerment of Women and Youth: The Potential Impact in the Innovative Sectors


On June 23-24, CLDP, in coordination with the  African Continental Free Trade Area (AWYEG), Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT) and the Africa Technology and Creatives Group (ATCG), conducted a two-day workshop in Nairobi, Kenya. The workshop focused on the impediments and challenges of women and youth in the innovative sectors, and the potential impact of the AfCFTA in its empowerment of women and youth.

The workshop addressed the lack of knowledge about the AfCFTA and how it may impact trade and investment in the sectors of health care (mhealth apps), digital trade, agribusiness, and creative industries. It discussed the issues/impediments in these sectors and made recommendations as to the types of policies, legislation, and initiatives that would assist the empowerment of women and youth to succeed in these sectors.

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