African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) is an outreach, education, and engagement initiative that targets African women entrepreneurs to promote business growth, increase trade both regionally and to U.S. markets through the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), create better business environments, and empower African women entrepreneurs to become voices of change in their communities.
The African Women Entrepreneurship Programme (AWEP) is sponsored by the United States Department of State (DOS) to help more women entrepreneurs participate in international markets and take advantage of the benefits of AGOA.
AWEP brings together business women from AGOA - eligible countries to the united states for trade and advocacy related training and to attend the AGOA forum.
AWEP provides attendees with opportunity to meet and network with the U.S. policy makers, companies and industry associations, U.S. and African aid society, non-profit organization advocating for women's economic opportunities, multilateral development organization and business alliances.
Launched in 2010 July at the 2010 United States Sub-Sahara Africa trade and Economic Cooperation Forum (AGOA Forum) by the Department Of State (DOS) Economic, Energy and Business Bureau and Coordinated through the DOS international USA for leadership program.