Scaling businesses with digital skills requires a comprehensive approach that includes developing a digital strategy, investing in digital tools and technologies, and training employees in digital skills. This is why women entrepreneurs must buckle up to embrace digital skills and integrate them into their businesses.
In a related development, South Africa’s African Women in Supply Chain Association has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Women in Logistics & Transport (WiLAT) organisation from Côte D’Ivoire to collaborate on the delivery of tailor-made entrepreneurial digital skills training in the logistics and supply chain.
In a statement issued recently by Chief Volunteer at Black Orange South Africa, Kabelo Mothoa, the association stated that it was gearing up to address shortages and capacity gaps and to provide integrated solutions that confront such challenges.
It noted that the partnership would see the two organisations develop a programme aimed at unlocking the continent’s potential through entrepreneurship, anchored around the varied opportunities within the scope of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement.
“The programme will necessitate the development of the relevant skills in entrepreneurship within the supply chain and logistic sectors, in order to effectively take advantage of the opportunities in the AfCFTA agreement, especially for the youth and women on the continent,” says the Founder and Director of AWISCA, Lebo Letsoalo.
It added that the partnership would also foster a mentorship and coaching-based student exchange programme that would see supply chain and logistics students from Côte D’Ivoire visit South Africa on a skills transfer and exchange mission and the same for South African students.
“The entrepreneurship element of the training will be offered to emerging entrepreneurs in the same space, with a key focus on the technical skills relevant to the AfCFTA agreement, and through enterprise and supplier development,” the statement said.
The Chairperson of WiLAT CI Carine, Toure Yemtia says that the agreement with AWISCA will see it expand and extend its programmes to many more women and countries on the continent.
“Over and above the skills development initiatives, the understanding seeks to develop advanced curriculum and further training that will benefit women in the sector.
“We want to also help create relevant policies that will empower and uplift women in our industries, especially in the Franco Nations,” she stated.
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