Promoting women's rights and entrepreneurship in Guinea
Within the framework of a new cooperation programme (2019-2023) with Guinea, Belgium will invest 45 million euros in entrepreneurship and women’s rights.
The programme wants to stimulate entrepreneurship in the pineapple, potato and mango sector. The objective is to create 12,000 new jobs, more than 40% of which should go to women. Moreover, 150 existing companies – in various sectors ranging from energy and ICT to agriculture and construction – will be revalued. Again, by stimulating the competitiveness of women entrepreneurs, the programme aims at increasing their net income by 50%.
‘She Decides’ - the promotion of sexual and reproductive rights and health - is the second pillar of the programme that is closely related to the economic empowerment and social emancipation of women and youngsters.
To support the projects concerning entrepreneurship and women's rights, an “education, study and expertise” component is also foreseen.
The Belgian development agency Enabel ensures the implementation of this new governmental cooperation programme, in cooperation with the Guinean Ministry for Development and African Integration. It follows a first cooperation agreement (2016-2019) worth 15 million euros. Only in 2015, after the Ebola crisis, Guinea became a new partner country of the Belgian Development Cooperation.
‘With this new cooperation agreement, we are making sure that Guinea will gradually be able to stand on its own two feet over the medium term. This must be the objective of any of Belgium's intervention’, says Minister Alexander De Croo.