The Hub and TradeMark East Africa hosted a stakeholder consultative meeting on June 8 to identify the level of information available for women engaged in cross-border trade. Workshop participants identified the kind of information that should be available: commodity prices, border procedures, necessary documentation, etc. and determined the best channels for dissemination of information, such as radio, print, sms, etc.
The Hub and Trade mark East Africa are working towards the development of sustainable and affordable ICT solutions to enable women engaged in cross-border trade to have access to timely market information,” said Hub’s Agriculture and Agribusiness Director Harriet Odembi
There is currently no structured, formal way for women traders to access information on market prices. Both the Hub and TradeMark East Africa have conducted studies and surveys to confirm this. A lack of market information, among other challenges, hurts the ability of women to participate in gainful trade across the region.
'We want to enhance women’s capacity to utilize ICT solutions and increase their efficiency in regional trade,” said TradeMark East Africa Business Development Director Waturi Matu.