BWF concludes its study visit to the Netherlands

BWF delegation concluded its study visit to the Netherlands that was arranged in cooperation with the Dutch Representative Office in Ramallah with a fund provided by the Dutch Government represented by Netherlands Enterprise Agency.  The tour aimed at exchanging experience, opening new markets and product development between Palestinian businesswomen and entrepreneurs and similar companies from the Netherlands. 

Ms. Doa Wadi, BWF Executive Director, and Ms. Rula Sharawi, BWF Board Member, headed the twelve member delegation that included businesswomen, female entrepreneurs, and members of BWF’s BDC covering different sectors and governorates of the West Bank.

Ms. Wadi said that the tour program lasted for three days where the female entrepreneurs participated in several activities that aimed at developing their projects, networking for new opportunities, and exchanging experiences.  They held meetings also with successful businesswomen from the Netherlands in addition to visiting companies working in the same sectors.  The first day entailed hands on trainings tailored for the delegation and included how to upgrade own talents into the development of SMEs, marketing the products and services, and the importance of the use of photography in introducing the products.  The second day entailed networking meetings with Dutch institutions that support entrepreneurship and have implemented several programs to develop the private sector in Palestine; and meetings with marketing organizations specialized in promoting handicraft products with the aim of networking with these institutions to open marketing prospects and promote the Palestinian products in the European markets.


The Palestinian delegation discussed in a meeting with the General Director of International Cooperation in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Reina Buijis, the main difficulties and challenges the Palestinian businesswomen face, their future plans, and the possibility to help and support them in addition to the importance of involving of Palestinian businesswomen and female entrepreneurs in international delegations with businessmen; thus opening  great prospects for the development of economic projects. During the meeting, Ms. Doa Wadi stressed on the importance of such missions whether from Palestine to the Netherlands or vice versa pointing to the role the BWF plays in raising the status of female run businesses.   She also confirmed the role the BWF and BDC play in creating a positive and supportive entrepreneurial environment, especially young women, and the importance of what the private sector is providing to the State and its role in the economic development of Palestine.


The delegation met with representatives of companies similar to theirs where the female entrepreneurs were divided into six sectoral groups and visited such companies getting acquainted with their operations, the tools used, and the latest equipment and technology used in production and manufacturing process.  They also got acquainted with the types of the raw materials and their sources in Europe in order to raise the value of the product and consequently develop competitiveness.  The participants had the opportunity to buy some raw materials and tools from these companies to develop their products when they return to Palestine.

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