The Economic Commission on Africa (ECA) North Africa office held a webinar on May 17, 2023 in Rabat, in conjunction with the Association des Femmes Entrepreneures du Maroc (AFEM).

Here are some takeaways from the event:
The importance of digital skills for production, marketing and effective management and optimal use of digital finance and e-commerce by women-led businesses.

-The need for women to be able to benefit from training that corresponds to their real needs, far from stereotypes about women and new technologies.

-The importance for policy makers, financial sector institutions and development partners to adopt a multi-pronged approach to address the wide range of constraints faced by women entrepreneurs.

-The importance of all stakeholders joining forces to accelerate the transformation of attitudes towards the hitherto underutilized contributions of North African women to the formal economy.

-Access to finance has long been a major obstacle for women entrepreneurs in North Africa. The subregion's 18-percentage-point gender gap is the largest in the world and limits the growth of women-led businesses and confines them to the informal sector.

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