COMESA Federation of National Associations of Women in Business Horn of Africa Summit commenced yesterday, Thursday, at the National Confederation of Eritrean Workers Hall, in Asmara, in which representatives of Eritrea, Somalia, and Djibouti partook.
Mr. Arefaine Berhe, Minister of Agriculture, while addressing the participants indicated that the opportunity created has a significant contribution to the economic development of women in particular and society in general, said that if it is organized it will create an opportunity for the exchange of experiences between countries.
Speaking at the occasion, Ms. Zefrework Fesehaye, Director of Foreign Trade at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, noted that 50% of the population of the State of Eritrea are women and immediately after independence the Eritrean Government issued a labor proclamation to protect women employees from all forms of discrimination and ratified seven core conventions of the International Labor Organization to secure working condition and safeguard the equal treatment of women.
The participants also saw an agricultural products and handicrafts show put up by Eritrean women who are professionals in the field.
The COMESA Federation of Women in Business is made up of 21 nations, including the Horn of Africa’s Eritrea, Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti, and Sudan.
The summit is scheduled to continue till Saturday, 30 of July in Eritrea.