The Women in Trade Platform is an association that brings together women entrepreneurs and groups in Türkiye. A total of 224 groups and more than 1,000 women entrepreneurs are registered throughout the country. It aims to provide women entrepreneurs quick access to information and networking to engage in trade/commercial activities, and for the public and private sectors to purchase their products and services. Entrepreneurs who register on the platform can benefit from training opportunities, activities, access to public tenders and inspiration from successful role models.
With the support of Garanti BBVA, the initiative is organizing a series of Women Entrepreneur Meetings so women from all over Türkiye can exhibit their products and services and come together with buyers, regardless of sector and region. Fatma Şahin, President of Türkiye’s Union of Municipalities; Emine Erdem, President of KAGİDER; and Sibel Kaya, Deputy General Manager of Garanti BBVA, participated in the new platform presentation.
Garanti BBVA Deputy General Manager Sibel Kaya explained that the bank has been focusing on women’s entrepreneurship for more than 16 years, via the Women Entrepreneurs Program, launched in 2006. “We are supporting the development of women entrepreneurs, with training and mentoring sessions. We invite all women entrepreneurs who work and produce for our country to register on the platform to further develop their businesses,” she said.
Kaya added that Garanti BBVA also aims to boost the proportion of women entrepreneurs in Türkiye, which currently make up 13 percent of Garanti BBVA’s suppliers. Along these lines, the bank is making an effort to increase the business of women suppliers, which currently accounts for a volume of around 1 TL billion. “In this context, we will make purchases according to needs in many areas, such as communication, media and marketing, construction, logistics, technology and infrastructure, hardware and software. Women entrepreneurs who want to be included in the Garanti BBVA supplier network can find detailed information at satinalma.garantibbva.com.tr,” she concluded.
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