(MENAFN- Trend News Agency) BAKU, Azerbaijan, May 17. Azerbaijani women
entrepreneurs are interested in doing business in liberated areas,
the Chairman of the Board of Azerbaijan's Small and Medium Business
Development Agency (SMBDA) Orkhan Mammadov said during the SHE
Congress conference in Baku, trend reports.
According to Mammadov, about 80 applications to the agency were
received from women in order to build a business in the sectors of
trade, industry, agriculture, tourism, education and others.
"Over the past few years, the number of women entrepreneurs in
Azerbaijan has increased. The country has a policy to develop
women's entrepreneurship. In 2018, the proportion of women among
individual entrepreneurs was about 19 percent, and in April 2023,
this figure already exceeded 22 percent,” he noted.
“Moreover, there are also a sufficient number of women among the
founders and heads of legal entities and enterprises, and 49
percent of the economically active population of our country are
women," the official said.
Mammadov also noted that women's awareness of the benefits and
opportunities of doing business should be improved.
"We are carrying out relevant work to train and retrain women.
Today, we have already trained about 1,000 women in the business
sector, nine women entrepreneurs have been given a grant, and 10
have been provided with start-up certificates that exempt their
activities from taxes and duties,” he said, adding that the SMBDA
provides support to women entrepreneurs in entering local and
SHE Congress is the international women's leadership event that
is designed to bring role models such as top female executives and
female business owners as well as top private and public sector
representatives advocating for women empowerment to share their
knowledge, skills, and energy with female junior professionals,
startups and even graduate in such areas as business &
entrepreneurship, career development, lifestyle, family and
motherhood, and well-being.
SHE Congress hosts the most prominent international and local
speakers with outstanding stories and career paths. Established in
2017, SHE Congress has become the most remarkable women's
leadership event not only in the region but internationally.
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