AWEP 2012 took place in June of this year, where approximately 45 leading women entrepreneurs from sub-Saharan Africa participated in the third AWEP International Visitor Leadership Program. The program split into sector-specific groups, visiting cities throughout the U.S. This year’s program concluded with events held in conjunction with the U.S.-hosted 2012 AGOA Forum in Washington, DC and a U.S. – Africa Business Conference in Cincinnati, OH. The group met with American businesspeople, government officials, and women’s and business association leaders. They also received tailored instruction on how to best benefit from the opportunities presented under AGOA and participated in leadership workshops.
Follow-on training for AWEP alumna was held in Africa in 2010 and 2011. Training programs will be designed for this year’s alumna and AWEP network members as well. Topics include growing and expanding businesses; AGOA/U.S. import regulations; and social entrepreneurship.