DP Ruto lauds women’s role in economy

By Stanley Wabomba

Deputy President William Ruto has lauded efforts by women in building nation’s economy.
Speaking at a Nairobi hotel when he officially opened the first edition of the International Forum on Women in Business hosted by the Government of Kenya and the International Trade Centre, Ruto called on nations to formulate favorable laws and measures to ensure women thrive in business.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the International Trade Centre on Monday held the ‘Women in Business’ Conference to discuss interventions required to increase the participation of women in trade with a particular focus on the SME sector.
The Women in Business forum brought together over 350 government representatives, private sector players and women business owners drawn from all over the world.
Deputy President William Ruto lauded the role played by women in building the economy of countries.
He said in any village, the work done by women dwarfs that of the men, adding that women have a bigger output and more initiatives.
Ruto challenged women to form groups to ensure that they grow economically, noting that women work very well in groups.
He cited the table banking initiative in Kenya, saying that the idea has helped raise more than 2.5 billion shillings in the Kenyan economy since its inception.
He maintained that the government will continue to support women, youth and the disabled to ensure they realize their full potential.
The meeting comes ahead of the 10th WTO ministerial conference that will be officially opened on Tuesday.


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