ACCESS! is a regional enterprise development and sales promotion initiative built around a network of African partners. It aims at improving international trade support services for women to help them increase their export capacity and profile their successes on international and regional markets.
In order to answer the needs of women entrepreneurs in Africa in terms of adequate trade support services, customized export training course, strong national sector focus, innovative product design and access to foreign markets, ITC has decentralized programme implementation at the level of national Trade Support Institutions called ACCESS! Focal Points Institutions (AFPs).
In conjunction with ITC and regional partners, National Coordinators are fully responsible for programme orientation and for taking the lead on all administrative actions and strategic decisions. An enhanced local ownership through customized national implementation plans are contributing to achieving tangible benefits at regional, national and community level to sustain our programme on the long-term.
For more information on ACCESS! Focal Points Institutions please visit our country pages and contact our national counterparts.
List of ACCESS! Members
The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa has acknowledged and recognized the need to mainstream gender in all its regional activities in order to ensure that both females and males equitably participate in and benefit from regional development.
The Economic Community of Central African States has been very supportive of the ACCESS! programme and will continue to endeavour export development activities for businesswomen in the region.
The Economic Community of West African States is consistently conscious of women’s economic empowerment as key to development, and has thus repositioned gender issues for inclusion into its frameworks and initiatives.
The Southern African Development Community’s Council of Ministers approved the establishment of a policy framework for mainstreaming gender in all its activities and for strengthening the efforts by member states to achieve gender equality.
The East African Community has addressed gender and community development issues in several international, regional and national fora in an effort to provide strategies and possible actions to mainstream gender in development.