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    The ACCESS! programme in Ethiopia is implemented by the Centre of African Women Economic Empowerment (CAWEE) which will launch the ACCESS! phase II current 2011 in order to bring out tangible changes in a way that Ethiopian women, that are existing as well as potential or emerging exporters, could build their capacities and expand their knowledge base in international trade to access the export market. The ACCESS! programme being unique in its nature enable CAWEE to continue working in a better capacity to adress more women entrepreneurs that have not benefited from the different services during the ACCESS! phase I and offer them a business counselling service and market promotion to take the women entrepreneurs to another level of entrepreneurship.


    For further information, please visit CAWEE website.


    News from CAWEE

    Four Ethiopian Companies Supported by CDE Participated in Africa Chic Trade Expo in Germany

    Africa Chic International Trade Show (www.Africachic.net) took place in Frankfurt, Germany, 24 - 28, August, 2012. With the support CAWEE secured form CDE, four women owned and managed companies parctipated in the trade show.


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    2 Beneficiaries Companies of CAWEE Participated in the MAITEX 2012 International Trade Expo, Mauritius

    MAITEX 2012 International Trade Exposition was officially held in Mauritius from the 5 to 8 July 2012 at the Swami Vivekananda International Convention Centre. The Event was a complete showcase of Mauritian Products under one roof and represents an ideal opportunity for professional buyers.


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    The official launch of the training program on "Connecting 100 traditional weavers to the export market"

    For the past 2 month CAWEE and its training partner Sara Garment have been preparing for the launching of the training program, titled "Connecting 100 Traditional Weavers to Export Market".


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    CAWEE and its 4 Beneficiary Companies Participated in the 5th AGRIFEX-Ethiopia International Trade Fair

    AGRIFEX-Ethiopia 2012 was officially opened on June 14, 2012 by H.E. The State Minister of Agriculture of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia Mr. Tefera Derbew, Her Excellency, The State Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia

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    CAWEE Secured Funding from the EU-CDE (Center for Development of Enterprises) to Continue Business Counseling

    In further implementing the ACCESS! Business counseling program, focusing in four major Regions of Ethiopia, CAWEE signed a contract with CDE, on the 20th of October, 2011. The financial grant form the CDE side is Euro 77,000 and CAWEE is expected to cost share Euro 48,000.

    The program is expected to be implemented in one year time involving 50 women owned and managed companies. Out of the 50 companies expected to go through the business counseling process, 10 of the selected finalists will be connected to the international market, through participating in international trade shows, buyer-seller meetings and match making. This part of the business counseling program will start to be operational in November 2011.

    CAWEE would like to invite women entrepreneur candidates, who would like to go through the business counseling process, form those four Regions, mainly from the specified business towns – Amhara (Baherdar & Gondar business towns), Oromia (Adama and Bishoftu business towns), Tigray (Mekele business town) and Southern Regions (Awassa business town), 

    Candidates need to consider the following eligibility criteria when applying:


    §  Women managed/owned Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs);

    §  Women entrepreneurs already exporting or with export potential;

    §  Women entrepreneurs that are above secondary school education;

    §  National trade support organizations, like associations of women entrepreneurs.


    Application is open from November 01, 20111 up to December 06, 2011

    Candidates are encouraged to contact CAWEE’s office through the following address:

    Center for African Women Economic Empowerment (CAWEE)

    Kirkos Sub-city, Kebele 08/09, House No. 1166/11

    Tel: 0113 – 20 60 65, 09 11 40 29 57; 09 23 27 90 25

    Fax: 0113 20 60 66

    E- mails: cawee@ethionet.et or cawee07@yahoo.com ors.gebre@hotmail.com

    P.O.Box – 41293,

    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

    Partner institution

    fuThe ACCESS! programme is represented by the Centre for African Women Economic Empowerment (CAWEE) who is acting as a focal point instutition in Ethiopia.  CAWEE is a national NGO recognized as a facilitator, organizer and coordinator operating in the field of women entrepreuneurship related issues. CAWEE's ambition is to expand their activities among other African countries working in the same field.

    CAWEE brochure  

    ACCESS! focal point coordinator

    acc For more information about ACCESS! programme in Ethiopia, please contact our coordinator

    Ms. Nigest Haile - CAWEE's Executive Director

    cawee@ethionet.et / cawee07@yahoo.com 


    The ACCESS! training team is ready to share its vast knowledge and expertise in enterprise development through trainings and  Business Counselling. Our team of trainers will help you through the key aspects of learning to do business internationally.

    For more information please contact our team:

    Mr. Solomon Wole - Director, Enterprise Ethiopia


    Ms. Asseghedech Woldelul - Lecturer at admas College

    awoldelul@hotmail.com / awoldelul@yahoo.com 

    Mr. Dereje Alemu - National women Entrepreneurship Development Expert for the ILO WEDGE, Ethiopia project


    Ms. Nahusenaye Girma - Optima Consultancy & Marketing, Plc  


    Mr. Afework Yohanness - Managing Director - BCaD, Consulting Management

    bcad@ethionet.et / www.aworks.com.et