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Digital Women’s Day sets up a growth accelerator in Africa in Libreville

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                The inauguration of the very first Digital Women's Day (JFD) growth accelerator in Africa took place on March 23, 2021 in Libreville, Gabon.  It will be a place to bring together women entrepreneurs.  A networking place where there will be training and events aimed at facilitating access to finance for women, according to Delphine Remy-Boutang, founder and CEO of JFD, President of Global Entrepreneurship Network France.

                                    <p><span><span><span>One of the marks of the JFD is to have ambassadors.  For its first growth accelerator in Africa installed in Libreville, it is Camélia Ntoutoume-Leclercq (Ambassador of JFD Gabon), Minister Delegate for Higher Education, Scientific Research, Technology Transfer and National education responsible for civic training.</span></span></span>

« We are bulldozers, it’s true, with all the hats we have in everyday life. At JFD, it’s comfort, learning and access to funding. Because we hope that all the large groups will also be able to support you in your business. »

The JFD also wants to interest women in the digital world from an early age. « We have developed a program aimed at training and digital initiation for young people. », says Virginie Mounanga, CEO of Blanc Cristal and founder of digital classes. “ These trainings are not only done in coding. We do a lot of awareness raising among young people on responsible use of the Internet and social networks. »

The philosophy of the JFD is that current generations are inspired by role models. But for their access to funding, there is still a long way to go, despite the multiplication of initiatives to change this situation. This is what explains to us Robert Masumbuko, Managing Director of the African Development Bank for Central Africa (AfDB), based in Gabon.

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« Funding is finally coming ! It’s not just the African Development Bank. The same amount, perhaps even more, exists at the World Bank, the French Development Agency and other partners. The ADB is about 4 000 billion CFA francs (more than 6 billion euros) of funding per year. We used to say to each other : we are on the road and everyone is happy, it will benefit women, children, farmers and everyone. And since the director of gender activities at the AfDB, Vanessa Moungar, is there, we have a specific marker. We say to each other, very well, well done the road, great ! But how does it specifically benefit women and girls? ? »

And the AfDB is also trying to mobilize private banks. « We spoke to all the banks in Africa, they all told us ‘Yes, the business plan is a little better, but … ? 95% of the managing directors of these banks are men ‘. So we said to each other : it’s very clear, you just look at the business plan, if it holds up, we are the ones who come with the guarantee. And we come with 150 billion CFA francs (around 230 million euros) guarantee for all these women who will present projects. »

The AfDB’s ambition in the short term is to see the emergence and growth of 18 000 businesses in Africa, created and managed by women, which would represent at least 80 000 jobs.

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