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<strong>IFC</strong>’s CASA Initiative in South SudanIssue #1 | Page 2CoWE Draft Action Plan Chamber of Women Entrepreneurs, <strong>February</strong> <strong>2013</strong>ACTIVITIES FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC1. Establish the Chamber structure (vision, mission,by-laws) and its role in the SSCCIA Framework2. Train the Interim Committee on corporate governance3. Plan, organize and conduct monthly thematic breakfastmeetings4. Identify and document key issues affecting womenentrepreneurs in South Sudan through scoping exerciseand surveys5. Develop and rollout programs based on identifiedissues6. Network with other women entrepreneurs and organizations(in country/ regional/ international)7. Identify CoWE Strategic partners8. Raise awareness of the CoWE across all levels ofwomen entrepreneursMalakal Business Registry Opening in March <strong>2013</strong><strong>IFC</strong> is pleased to announce that the Business Registry is expanding into Malakal,South Sudan, in March <strong>2013</strong>. The grand opening is planned for mid-March <strong>2013</strong>.Equity Bank will participate in this activity. With a Malakal representative on theCoWE committee, CoWE will work with the business registry to promote its workand market it to women entrepreneurs in Malakal. CoWE will also support womenentrepreneurs in Malakal with the business registration process.“The South Sudan Chamber of Women Entrepreneurs or CoWE, is the firstchamber that was recently created under the umbrella of the South Sudan Chamberof Commerce, Industry and Agriculture - SSCCIA, the body that represents theprivate sector of South Sudan. CoWe is here thanks to very committed and energeticwomen entrepreneurs. These entrepreneurs want to see specific issues addressedthat affect them and want to advocate for women so they can run their businessesmore competitively in South Sudan. CoWE can help drive the development agendaof our country.”Simon Akuei Deng, Secretary GeneralSouth Sudan Chamber of Commerce, Industry & AgricultureCEO, Giant Technologies Ltd.Juba, South Sudan“The South Sudan Chamber ofWomen Entrepreneurs was formedout of the recognition that our womenwho are doing business have greatideas and opportunities, but equallychallenging constraints. The traditional,cultural, and socioeconomic obstaclesthat women entrepreneurs face inSouth Sudan are woven together in amanner that can only be disentangledthrough a methodical approach and awell thought out execution. CoWE isworking to help women entrepreneursaddress these challenges.”Dr. Suzana DonatoDeng, ChairpersonSouth Sudan Chamber ofWomen Entrepreneurs (CoWE)<strong>IFC</strong> SOUTH SUDAN LAUNCHES DIVERSITY MONTH WITH A SPLASH — DANCE, MUSIC, POETRY, ANDDISCUSSIONS ON WHAT DIVERSITY MEANSIn support of the World Bank Group’s annual celebrationof Diversity Month in March, <strong>IFC</strong> South Sudan kicked offthe month with a lively celebration in Juba to highlight itscontinued support of diversity and inclusion, and to buildon the synergy experienced at recent International Day ofPersons with Disabilities events. <strong>IFC</strong> is celebrating DiversityMonth in Johannesburg and in other country offices in sub-Saharan Africa with clients and staff to promote the valuefor Diversity and Inclusion. Look for a special edition of the<strong>IFC</strong> South Sudan newsletter next month that will highlightdiversity activities and events.<strong>IFC</strong> South Sudan celebrates the start of “Diversity Month.”For more information, please contactNeha Sud, NSud@ifc.org | NairobiJason Hopps, JHopps@ifc.org | JohannesburgZahia Lolila, ZLolila@ifc.org | Juba

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