First Lady Esther Lungu tours Exhibition stands during the SheTrades Global 2018 International Business Festival at Liverpool Exhibition Centre in the United Kingdom on Tuesday, June 26,2018-Picture by THOMAS NSAMA

Over 500 women-owned businesses from across the world are participating at the SheTrades Global event in search of new trade and investment opportunities. SheTrades Global features facilitated business to business meetings, keynote speeches from thought leaders, high level panels, an investment challenge and workshops led by industry specialists. Opportunities for women entrepreneurs participating include enhancing their visibility, expanding their network and make new business connections.

Zambia’s First Lady Esther Lungu has said empowering women and investing in their potentials is pivotal to drive growth in the global economy and ensure sustainable development for the future generation.

In a meeting before the official opening of The SheTrades Global 2018, Mrs. Lungu said women in decision making positions should embrace grass root development headed by women as this will bring about development in different sectors of the economy.

Meanwhile International Trade Centre (ITC) Executive Director, Arancha Gonzalez has called on all women entrepreneurs, governments, private sector companies, trade and investment institutions as well as civil society groups to allow trade to be a uniting force.

Mrs. Ghani said “We feel women’s work is not recognised globally. It is about time that women came together and transformed the economic situation of our economies through trade and entrepreneurship. Women should not be left behind in the development of our economies.”

Speaking when she officially opened The SheTrade Global 2018, Ms. Gonzalez encouraged women attending the conference to seize the opportunity of attending the event to forge lasting relationships and expand opportunities for women entrepreneurs through trade.

“By working together, we can reduce the estimated 217 years it will take to achieve gender parity. We can ensure that 90 percent of countries maintaining one or more laws discriminating against women in the economy see reforms. We can promote women’s participation in public procurement, and we can create a more equitable representation of women exporters. If we manage to do this, we can unlock the full potential of women’s economic participation and add up to $28 trillion USD to the world’s GDP by 2025,” she said

Ms. Gonzalez said in 2015, ITC launched the SheTrades Initiative with a goal of connecting 1 million women to international markets by 2020 and by the end of 2017 met its target and has since been revised to 3 million by the end of 2021. The ITC vision is to create an enabling ecosystem for greater integration of women in global trade and investment.

The First Lady is today Thursday 28th June 2018 delivering a keynote speech at the SheTrade Global 2018 in her capacity as African Woman Entrepreneurs Program (AWEP) Chairperson. This is in recognition for her commitment towards strong advocacy for women empowerment.

The First Lady is leading a delegation comprising of the Zambia Development Agency (ZDA), nine Zambian Business Women, UK and Geneva Commission staff and staff from the First Lady’s office.

First Lady Esther Lungu during a Photo session shortly after a meeting with Zambian Women entrepreneurs, invited by the International Trade Centre (ITC) to attend the SheTrades Global 2018 International Business Festival in Liverpool . This was at Titanic Hotel in the United Kingdom on Monday, June 25,2018 -Pictures by THOMAS NSAMA
First Lady Esther Lungu admires a bag from Former deputy minister of Home affairs Grace Njapau shortly after a meeting with Zambian Women entrepreneurs, invited by the International Trade Centre (ITC) to attend the SheTrades Global 2018 International Business Festival in Liverpool . This was at Titanic Hotel in the United Kingdom on Monday, June 25,2018 -Pictures by THOMAS NSAMA
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  1. “First Lady Esther Lungu during a Photo session shortly after a meeting with Zambian Women entrepreneurs”.This is good for our Zambian women.Female entrepreneurs often face different challenges than the male counterparts due to Zambia’s culturally ingrained sexism. Women led businesses are generally more successful, and yet have more difficulty getting funded. Keep it up and please don’t emulate those females who do nursing in the UK. If you do a BSc in Nursing Degree, you will be wiping old people’s as$ses and putting napkins on them. What’s the difference with boys who (wipe) wash cars or nurses who wipe “Queen Elizabeth’s” as$ in the UK? Exposure to pee and poo is dangerous as the hot swampy poop gas cutting off oxygen to the body leads to a potentially lethal condition known as…

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      Exposure to pee and poo is dangerous as the hot swampy poop gas cutting off oxygen to the body leads to a potentially lethal condition known as hypoxia. Old people’s poop turns into jenkem (heh) which result in gastrointestinal infection and brain damage.Inhaling massive quantities of poo poo as it turns out into jenkem vaporizer,and all you’re inhaling is fart.And to think we’re all feeling bad for the nurses (human centipede) when they were really having the high of their lives by inhaling poo gas also known as fart.Yum yum I can’t huff!

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  2. This Chawama Old Hen Ester wasting taxpayers money flying around in Business Class…as if she even understand looking attentively …really laughable…anyway these first ladies are as useless as they come apart from Betty which of these ladies has succeeded in business and continued with their Charities after leaving State House. Look at Kaseba a doctor working as an Ambassador in Paris what a disgrace after travelling the world attending all those women empowerment functions as a first lady to come and work as

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  3. I am glad the tribal woman known as Mutinta will never represent Zambia in the above capacity. She will keep on mourning with her husband about “how Zambia has become worse” – Hallucinations of the tribals! Watch You Tube! Pathetic!

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    • Sharon, all you can see is blood flowing from your body. Go and touch the garments of Jesus and he will heal your bleeding!

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  4. well KEEP IT UP MOTHER OF THE NATION, BUT MAKE SURE U GET SOME DONATIONS COS. U ALWAYS GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY HERE, NOT MAUREEN WHO COULD POCKET THE DONATIONS, WE LOVE U AND VERA CHILUBA TEMBO

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  5. How many wives of President went to this event. Most likely Esther because is lazy and does not know what she supposed to be doing .

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