Source: Tanzania Daily News
THE Exim Bank Tanzania has pledged continued support to women empowerment in a various parts of the country in a bid to boost long-term economic development.

Speaking during the Women Celebrations 2013 in Dar es Salaam sponsored by Exim Bank at the weekend, the Exim Bank Assistant Marketing Manager, Ms Anita Goshashy, said her bank has tailor-made banking products specifically designed to cater for women.

Ms Goshashy said economic empowerment of women helps to enhance their contribution to the growth of the country's economy urging that increased opportunities for women leads to better outcomes for families, societies and the country at large.

"Economic empowerment of women is crucial if the country is to achieve sustainable economic development. Exim Bank has got tailor-made banking products specifically designed to cater for women empowerment," Goshasy said. Ms Goshashy said the bank had until December last year spent over 21bn/- to support women through its Women Entrepreneurs Financing Programme (WEF).

"We chose to empower women because we believe women have a role to play in the country's economic development. "If a woman is economically empowered, the nation is assured of healthy households which would contribute to the socio-economic development processes," she added.

She said the bank has also empowered women engaged in small and medium enterprises with basic skills on creating sustainable and profit making businesses. Earlier, the Prime Minister's Wife Mama Tunu Pinda who officiated as the chief guest, at the event challenged women to invest in agriculture since the sector has ready markets.

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