According to Ms. Shardae Boyce, Trade Consultant, “Sustainable economic growth and the achievement of wider development goals are only possible through the active participation of women. The economic empowerment of women – especially through their involvement in entrepreneurship and trade creates opportunities for families, job creation and foreign reserves, among other things.”

The project is timely because it comes on the heels of recent lay-offs in the public sector and the launch of the 2013 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor study by the UWI Cave Hill School of Business. The study revealed that women’s participation in entrepreneurship is significantly on the decrease in Barbados when compared to the participation of men.  

Consequently, the workshop aims to:

·         Reveal the current state of entrepreneurship among women in Barbados;

·         Highlight the role gender plays in the current state of entrepreneurship;

·         Present funding opportunities specifically geared towards women; and

·         Reveal trading opportunities and available assistance.

Ms. Boyce noted: “bringing greater economic benefit to women through increased participation in entrepreneurship and export trade must be supported by the understanding of the role gender plays in defining the successes of females in business.” The Bureau of Gender Affairs has been very active in collaborating with the private sector on this initiative.




About the BPSTT

The Barbados Private Sector Trade Team (BPSTT) is a division of the Barbados Private Sector Association (BPSA).  The mission of the Trade Team is to represent and promote the interests of Barbados’ private sector in the arena of international trade negotiations. The BPSTT researches, documents and provides information to the private sector on a wide range of negotiations including special decisions taken in the World Trade Organization (WTO); the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA);  the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME); the European Union / Africa-Caribbean-Pacific region (EU /ACP), and the on-going CARICOM-Canada Trade and Development Agreement negotiations. For more information on the work of the BPSTT, please visit our website: http://www.tradeteam.bb/ or call 246-430-6541.


About the SBA

The Small Business Association is the island's non-governmental, non-profit representative body for micro, small and medium enterprises.  The SBA seeks to expand business opportunities for its members, provide educational and developmental services and lobby to ensure an enabling environment for the growth and sustainability of the MSME sector. For more information on the work of the Small Business Association, please visit our website:<http://www.sba.bb> http://www.sba.bb or call 246-228-0162.