The concluding conference brought together all the insights of the APD Mali activities and workshops to invite broader societal engagement with the topic and to put women entrepreneurs in the spotlight. The conference will enable the translation of the APD findings into policy recommendations and a long-term strategy.
A New Dawn for Women Entrepreneurship in Mali
After an opening word by Mr Mahmoud Ould Mohamed, Minister of Industry and Commerce in Mali, four-panel discussions on education, finance, support structures and women in the agri sector were held in French and in Bambara, allowing real interactions amongst the panellists and the audience.
During the closing ceremony, the outcome of the 3 workshops held earlier in September and October and short-term recommendations to promote women entrepreneurship in Mali were officially handed over to the representative of the Minister of Industrie and Commerce, who in turn declared to share this document with the four other ministries referred to in the APD Mali policy brief.
Mrs Marina Diboma, a member of the Include Platform, through her closing word, thanked the APD team for a fruitful event with a high turnout of women entrepreneurs in the audience and invited them to collaborate and complement each other in their activities as opposed to compete against each other.
2Scale and Oxfam joined forces during the conference and contributed to a larger outreach of the conference by broadcasting the event live on several platforms and by enabling the active participation of women entrepreneurs from rural areas.