Kuwait Flag: Three equal horizontal bands of green (top), white, and red with a black trapezoid based on the hoist side; colors and design are based on the Arab Revolt flag of World War I; green represents fertile fields, white stands for purity, red denotes blood on Kuwaiti swords, black signifies the defeat of the enemy [CIA World Fact Book]

Women in Finance Diwaniya

Kuwait City, Kuwait

Embassy Kuwait will host a women-in-finance event that will bring together mid- and senior-level women in the business sector.  We may be able to make this a regional event.  Outcomes include: (1) support women’s participation in the local banking sector and advance women working in finance and the important sub-field of fintech, (2) help U.S. firms develop a strong network with local partners to be able to enter the Kuwait market, (3) foster an international network between emerging female leaders in Kuwait and established experts in fintech from the U.S. and, (4) expand the nascent women in finance professional network which the U.S. Embassy helped create.

Sri Lanka Flag: Yellow with two panels; the smaller hoist-side panel has two equal vertical bands of green (hoist side) and orange; the other larger panel depicts a yellow lion holding a sword on a maroon rectangular field that also displays a yellow bo leaf in each corner; the yellow field appears as a border around the entire flag and extends between the two panels; the lion represents Sinhalese ethnicity, the strength of the nation, and bravery; the sword demonstrates the sovereignty of the nation; the four bo leaves - symbolizing Buddhism and its influence on the country - stand for the four virtues of kindness, friendliness, happiness, and equanimity; orange signifies Sri Lankan Tamils, green Sri Lankan Moors, and maroon the Sinhalese majority; yellow denotes other ethnic groups; also referred to as the Lion Flag [CIA World Fact Book]

SheStarts Networks

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Embassy proposes partnering with Hatch (Colombo’s premier incubator) to run a 3-month incubator model followed by a trade show that will offer women entrepreneurs business development resources, training and access to investment opportunities.   Outcomes include: (1) establish networks to facilitate increased business activity and, (2) facilitate scouting opportunities with U.S. influencers and stakeholders.

Israel Flag: white with a blue hexagram (six-pointed linear star) known as the Magen David (Star of David or Shield of David) centered between two equal horizontal blue bands near the top and bottom edges of the flag; the basic design resembles a traditional Jewish prayer shawl (tallit), which is white with blue stripes; the hexagram as a Jewish symbol dates back to medieval times [CIA World Fact Book]

Israeli Women Boost Economy

Israel

As follow-up to A/S Singh’s visit in October 2018, leaders were encouraged to establish a women’s economic empowerment forum.  Embassy Jerusalem aims to provide training and network development to 20-25 Israeli women. Outcomes include: (1) provide Israeli women pitch training, (2) introduce them to American corporate culture and, (3) help them develop networks in the U.S.

France Flag: three equal vertical bands of blue (hoist side), white, and red; known as the "Le drapeau tricolore" (French Tricolor), the origin of the flag dates to 1790 and the French Revolution when the "ancient French color" of white was combined with the blue and red colors of the Parisian militia; the official flag for all French dependent areas. Note: the design and/or colors are similar to a number of other flags, including those of Belgium, Chad, Cote d'Ivoire, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, and Netherlands. [CIA World Fact Book]

Women in Wine

Paris, France

Embassy Paris will host a one-day forum convening American and French women winemakers to explore challenges they both face in the traditionally dominated “man’s wine world”.  Outcomes include: (1) highlight best practices, (2) help establish a strong transatlantic network, (3) create market opportunities in France for American wine, which produced by American women, and (4) identify policy issues to support women entrepreneurs within this sector.

Brazil Flag: green with a large yellow diamond in the center bearing a blue celestial globe with 27 white five-pointed stars; the globe has a white equatorial band with the motto ORDEM E PROGRESSO (Order and Progress); the current flag was inspired by the banner of the former Empire of Brazil (1822-1889); on the imperial flag, the green represented the House of Braganza of Pedro I, the first Emperor of Brazil, while the yellow stood for the Habsburg Family of his wife; on the modern flag the green represents the forests of the country and the yellow rhombus its mineral wealth; the blue circle and stars, which replaced the coat of arms of the original flag, depict the sky over Rio de Janeiro on the morning of 15 November 1889 - the day the Republic of Brazil was declared; the number of stars has changed with the creation of new states and has risen from an original 21 to the current 27 (one for each state and the Federal District).

Engaging Women in the Investment Market

Sao Paulo, Brazil

U.S. Consulate General São Paulo, in partnership with Grupo Mulheres do Brasil will host a seminar on “Engaging Women in the Investment Market.”  The seminar will bring in financial and investment advisors to educate a group of 50-100 women on fundamental asset management and financial planning strategies to stimulate investment.  This project will serve as a pilot for a recurring series and to be deployed regionally, with the capability to reach up to 25,000 women.  Outcomes include providing direct financial and investment literacy to Brazilian women entrepreneurs and developing a platform to reach more through recurrent series.

Bahrain Flag: red, the traditional color for flags of Persian Gulf states, with a white serrated band (five white points) on the hoist side; the five points represent the five pillars of Islam. Note: until 2002 the flag had eight white points, but this was reduced to five to avoid confusion with the Qatari flag. [CIA World Fact Book]

Leveraging the U.S.-Bahrain Trade Agreements to Boost Women’s Economic Participation

Manama, Bahrain

U.S. Embassy Manama will host a workshop on demystifying the U.S. Bahrain Free Trade Agreement for female business owners and leaders.  The workshop would provide a broad overview of how Bahraini and American businesses can use the FTA for both imports and exports.  Outcomes of the workshop include subsequent sessions focusing on (1) export and import opportunities in specialized fields, such as plastics, healthcare, retail, and cybersecurity sector, (2) American franchising opportunities and, (3) eCommerce platforms.

South Sudan Flag: three equal horizontal bands of black (top), red, and green; the red band is edged in white; a blue isosceles triangle based on the hoist side contains a gold, five-pointed star; black represents the people of South Sudan, red the blood shed in the struggle for freedom, green the verdant land, and blue the waters of the Nile; the gold star represents the unity of the states making up South Sudan note: resembles the flag of Kenya; one of only two national flags to display six colors as part of its primary design, the other is South Africa's [CIA World Fact Book]

Empowering Women through Access to Credit

Juba, South Sudan

Agriculture is a major economic sector in South Sudan, and a key area for economic cooperation with the U.S.  U.S. Embassy Juba will convene women entrepreneurs and business owners in the agriculture sector to catalyze innovative business models, and will work with the local banking sector to overcome obstacles in accessing credit.    John Deere, Case IH, and Caterpillar are U.S. companies in South Sudan that are eager to provide technology, knowledge, and training in the agriculture sector to support local business and overcome the very restrictive credit environment.  Outcomes include convening sector stakeholders to address barriers in accessing credit, developing innovative business models to support agribusiness, and promoting U.S. business activities in South Sudan.

Seychelles Flag: five oblique bands of blue (hoist side), yellow, red, white, and green (bottom) radiating from the bottom of the hoist side; the oblique bands are meant to symbolize a dynamic new country moving into the future; blue represents sky and sea, yellow the sun giving light and life, red the peoples' determination to work for the future in unity and love, white social justice and harmony, green the land and natural environment [CIA World Fact Book]

Women in E-Commerce

Port Louis, Seychelles

U.S. Embassy Port-Louis will host the “Women in eCommerce” forum to bring together Seychellois women entrepreneurs with American women leaders to explore the opportunities in the digital economy. This forum will enable Seychellois women to build relationships with their American counterparts to help increase two-way trade. Part of the forum will also be targeted to senior government officials to discuss the development opportunities and challenges associated with the evolving digital economy and barriers faced by female entrepreneurs in e-commerce.   The forum will empower Seychellois women to call on their government to implement regulatory reforms necessary to support the digital economy.  Outcomes include: (1) supporting U.S.-Seychellois women-led business activities in e-commerce,  (2) identify equities of women-owned businesses in Seychellois’s digital infrastructure needs, and (3) provide policy feedback for legal and policy reform.

Nigeria Flag: three equal vertical bands of green (hoist side), white, and green; the color green represents the forests and abundant natural wealth of the country, white stands for peace and unity [CIA World Fact Book]

Technology Enabling Growth

Lagos, Nigeria

U.S. Consulate General in Lagos will work with Lagos-based women’s association and Google to organize a “Technology as an Enabler for Growth” workshop.   The Lagos-based association aims to help female entrepreneurs use technology to optimize and scale their companies for sustainable growth.  Google and the consulate will work together to connect the Google Lagos Tech Hub with a U.S. Google hub to webcast the program and link Nigerian women business owners with Americans.  Outcomes include: (1) enabling women business owners and entrepreneurs in U.S. and Nigeria to learn how to grow their companies, and (2) provide insights on U.S.-Nigeria trade laws, customs, and export requirements.

Montenegro Flag: a red field bordered by a narrow golden-yellow stripe with the Montenegrin coat of arms centered; the arms consist of a double-headed golden eagle - symbolizing the unity of church and state - surmounted by a crown; the eagle holds a golden scepter in its right claw and a blue orb in its left; the breast shield over the eagle shows a golden lion passant on a green field in front of a blue sky; the lion is symbol of episcopal authority and harkens back to the three and a half centuries that Montenegro was ruled as a theocracy. [CIA World Fact Book]

Women B2B U.S. & MNE

Podgorica, Montenegro

U.S. Embassy Podgorica will host a conference for women entrepreneurs to help build the entrepreneurial community in Montenegro and support foreign business and partnerships with U.S.-based businesses with vested interest in Montenegro.  The project helps create and support a network of female entrepreneurs from Montenegro and the United States who have business interests in Montenegro.  Outcomes include: (1) connecting Montenegro women with American counterparts, and (2) to facilitation collaborations and partnerships.

Armenia Flag: three equal horizontal bands of red (top), blue, and orange; the color red recalls the blood shed for liberty, blue the Armenian skies as well as hope, and orange the land and the courage of the workers who farm it. [CIA World Fact Book]

Women Business Leadership and Entrepreneurship Forum

Yerevan, Armenia

U.S. Embassy Yerevan will host a business forum in collaboration with Gazelle Finance, a U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) beneficiary.  Gazelle Finance specializes in providing growth capital, in combination with value-adding business development services, to high growth small- and medium-sized enterprises unable to access other sources of capital.  The program will target women entrepreneurs, female-owned businesses, and female leaders to provide them with leadership and entrepreneurship training and knowledge-sharing opportunities organized by expert facilitators.  Outcomes include: (1) supporting U.S. fund managing firms to increase access to finance for female-owned businesses and (2) increasing the number of female leaders in local markets.

Marshall Islands flag: Flag Description Blue with two stripes radiating from the lower hoist-side corner - orange (top) and white; a white star with four large rays and 20 small rays appears on the hoist side above the two stripes; blue represents the Pacific Ocean, the orange stripe signifies the Ralik Chain or sunset and courage, while the white stripe signifies the Ratak Chain or sunrise and peace; the star symbolizes the cross of Christianity, each of the 24 rays designates one of the electoral districts in the country and the four larger rays highlight the principal cultural centers of Majuro, Jaluit, Wotje, and Ebeye; the rising diagonal band can also be interpreted as representing the equator, with the star showing the archipelago's position just to the north [CIA World Fact Book]

WE have the POWER

Majuro, Marshall Islands

This program will provide an opportunity for female entrepreneurs in the handcraft and fair-trade sector to capitalize on a growing awareness of and demand for traditional Marshallese handicrafts.  The program will convene women entrepreneurs in the handcraft and fair-trade sector in the Marshall Islands with product distributors and counterparts in U.S. companies.   Outcomes include: (1) providing an opportunity to forge connections with U.S. businesses interested in ethically sourcing handmade goods from women entrepreneurs, (2) support entrepreneur-to-entrepreneur discussions to foster U.S.-Indo-Pacific business activities.

 


Past Projects
Indonesia Flag: Two equal horizontal bands of red (top) and white; the colors derive from the banner of the Majapahit Empire of the 13th-15th centuries; red symbolizes courage, white represents purity. Note: similar to the flag of Monaco, which is shorter; also similar to the flag of Poland, which is white (top) and red. [CIA World Fact Book]

Silakan Valley: Levering Indonesia’s Innovative Fintech Solutions and Women Entrepreneurs

Jakarta, Indonesia

The project supported a Fintech event showcasing U.S. private sector solutions on the sidelines of Indonesia’s first International Fintech Festival.  Outcomes included: (1) catalyzing a Women in Fintech Working Group to promote women entrepreneurs in fintech, and (2) building connections between Indonesian fintech companies and the U.S. financial services sector.
Date: September 24, 2019

Mexico Flag: three equal vertical bands of green (hoist side), white, and red; Mexico's coat of arms (an eagle with a snake in its beak perched on a cactus) is centered in the white band; green signifies hope, joy, and love; white represents peace and honesty; red stands for hardiness, bravery, strength, and valor; the coat of arms is derived from a legend that the wandering Aztec people were to settle at a location where they would see an eagle on a cactus eating a snake; the city they founded, Tenochtitlan, is now Mexico City.

Binational Women Entrepreneur Academy

Tijuana, Mexico

Consulate Tijuana worked with Mujer PYME to organize a Binational Women’s Entrepreneur Academy, convening women business owners from San Diego and Tijuana to gain business development skills and establish professional networks. Outcomes included: (1) identifying women-led projects for presentation to potential investors, (2) educating women of regional business opportunities via USMCA, and (3) helping them develop solid business models and network.
Date: October 23, 2019

Azerbaijan Flag: three equal horizontal bands of blue (top), red, and green; a crescent and eight-pointed star in white are centered in the red band; the blue band recalls Azerbaijan's Turkic heritage, red stands for modernization and progress, and green refers to Islam; the crescent moon is an Islamic symbol, while the eight-pointed star represents the eight Turkic peoples of the world. [CIA World Fact Book]

Scale Up Accelerator for Women Entrepreneurs

Baku, Azerbaijan

Formation of a business in Azerbaijan is fairly easy; however, sustaining it and scaling it is very challenging, particularly for women business owners.  To address this, Embassy Baku will support a 10-week business development training program in conjunction with PricewaterhouseCoopers.  The training will begin with a one-day opening conference, where Embassy Baku will target female SMEs and match them with mentors from the U.S. private sector. Outcomes include: (1) provide training to 12 entrepreneurs, (2) help establish women SME network with U.S. businesses and (3) foster business activity among 100-persons conference.
Date: December 13, 2019

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