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Trade Facilitation Office Canada (TFO Canada) Celebrates International Women抯 Day

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 > 10:43:14
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Trade Facilitation Office Canada (TFO Canada) Celebrates International Women’s Day

Women exporters play an important role in the economic development of their countries.



Ottawa, Ontario March 8, 2015 – TFO Canada celebrates international women’s day with a look at a few of the successes achieved by women in developing countries through economic empowerment in international trade. Since 1980, TFO Canada has been delivering Canadian market trade information, and advisory and contact services to business and trade-support institutions in a wide range of developing and emerging markets in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and Latin America.

Over the years, TFO Canada has recognized the important role that women play in economic development and has strived to develop programs that are highly practical, results-oriented, and ultimately sustainable at the local and regional level.  A key strategy has been to work with effective local partners and trainers.  The Ready to Export Training and Coaching Program for Indonesian businesswomen preparing them for international markets and the Design Africa program are a couple of programs that targeted women entrepreneurs.

TFO Canada’s Executive Director, Steve Tipman, says, “At TFO Canada, we recognize that communities are enriched when women are empowered to make positive change.  We also feel that the road to economic prosperity is better achieved when women are involved.  This year’s International Women’s Day theme “Making it Happen” resonates with our organization as we continue to help women in the developing world to achieve their potential.”

The organization, which has begun its second year of implementing a five-year Canadian Market Access and Capacity Building Services project, had some market access successes in 2014. An example of these successes includes Shattell Chocolates’, a Peruvian woman owned chocolatier company, entry into the Canadian market through a private labelling contract and a distribution arrangement with a Montreal gourmet foods importer.

“TFO Canada coached us in how to structure our company for going abroad. The organization also gave us information about other important considerations such as the local regulations for packaging and labelling, which are important elements that you must add to your product in order to ensure a successful market entry”
 said Lisi Montoya, Shattell Chocolates

More success stories will be shared on the organization’s website www.tfocanada.ca.

TFO Canada’s Associate Diane Girard who worked on some of the earlier projects indicated “It is always rewarding to see that programmes initiated years ago for business women in Africa and Asia continue to guide women entrepreneurs towards economic empowerment.”

More about TFO Canada: TFO Canada confronts the challenge of global poverty by promoting sustainable economic development through export information, advice and contact. TFO Canada facilitates access to the Canadian marketplace and shares Canadian trade expertise for the benefit of smaller exporters in developing countries. Founded in 1980, TFO Canada is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation. For more information about TFO Canada please visit our website at www.tfocanada.ca

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Clarecia Christie

TFO Canada

1 613 233-3925

clarecia.christie@tfocanada.ca


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