City of Belmopan, November 17, 2021. The Central American Centre for the Promotion of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (CENPROMYPE) with the support of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the International Organization for Migration (OIM), will be hosting the III REGIONAL FORUM: WOMEN DOING BUSINESS IN CENTRAL AMERICA on November 18 and 19, 2021 in San Salvador, El Salvador.

To improve national and regional policies for women entrepreneurs across the Central American Integration System (SICA), the event aims to design an agenda aimed at providing a medium-to-long-term focus on women and small to midsize businesses (MSMEs). In addition, it seeks to organize and articulate a Regional Network of Women Entrepreneurs.

Keynote speakers will include Ms. Fatima Najaro, Gender and Human Rights Specialist from CENPROMYPE, and Ms. Lyhelis Torres, representative of the OIM project entitled “Promotion of social inclusion of migrants in the public policies of Central América and Dominican Republic: violence prevention based on gender representative.” Ms. Connie Gonzales, who is a member of the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) will also be presenting on successful experiences of organizations formed by women entrepreneurs.

The Belize delegation includes Ms. Katia Montenegro-Hoare, owner of Montrans Consulting, Ms. Luisa Rivas, owner of Rivas Consulting, and Ronelli Requena, owner of Zayhva by Ronelli Requena. These women were successful graduates of the first cohort of women entrepreneurs under the Female Entrepreneurship Program implemented by BELTRAIDE in 2019.

BELTRAIDE takes this opportunity to congratulate the women for their participation in this high-level discussion and looks forward to Belize’s inclusion in the Regional Network of Women Entrepreneurs.