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Economic Empowerment of Women – Economic Empowerment of Albania, financed by USAID

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The exhibition took place from 29-30 March, 2011 on the National Historical Museum included the 45 businesses run by women from overall the country (shoes business, handicrafts, agribusiness, printing houses, flower shops etc). The first day was marked by the inauguration of the exhibition with the participation of high level representatives from the government and business sector. The Minister of Labour, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities opened the event highlighting the importance of businesses run by women in the development of the country, creation of job opportunities for other women. The representative of USAID Mr.Andrew Maybrook, Ms Floreta Luli Faber, Director of the American Chamber of Commerce and Ms Flutur Xhabija, Representative of Association of Professional, Bussiness and Artisan Women.  Over 1000 persons visited the fair during the two days, while around 200 representatives of line ministries, embassies, CSOs, businesses and other invitees attended the opening event. During the Women’s Fair two panel discussions took place for the problematic facing today the economic development of women, their role and were proposed ways and manners to pass over the difficulties.