Nadira Al Zaroni, chief executive officer of Blue Galaxy LLC, one of the four companies under the group of Building Solutions, also added; "China is a very difficult market for our products and services but it was very interesting to meet other woman and see how they run their businesses and to see the different products and different sectors." Among the companies that participated at WVEF are Middle East Gate, Building Solution Group, Sit Jump Play for Etrading, Diamond Line FZ, Golden Globe Legal Trade, AMS Contracting, Disruptiveplay, Independence Exhibition Organising, LICCE Fashion Design, and Ashant Enterprises FZE.
WVEF was also supported by the Chongqing Foreign Trade and Economic Relations Commission, the China Association of Women Entrepreneurs, the International Federation of Business and Professional Women, the International Women's Coffee Alliance, SPINNA and Quantum Leaps.
LB: It's the first time I've been to WVEF, so it was a new experience for me!
WVEF helps inspire women to achieve more in business.
At WVEF, matchmaking sessions between sellers and buyers led to the completion of more than 60 agreements to explore business opportunities of approximately US$ 6 million, and many more deals are expected to follow in coming months as delegates continue bilateral discussions.
The fourth Senior Executive Roundtable on Sourcing from Women Vendors and WVEF 2012 were jointly organized by ITC and WEConnect International, in cooperation with ProMexico and Mexico's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Among the entrepreneurs in the BMGs, Phyllis Johnson of the International Women's Coffee Alliance says, 'Our members have sold over 5,000 kilograms of coffee to Walmart through the Priddy Brothers as a result of WVER We are in negotiation with a major international hotel chain and have sold coffee produced by women in the Philippines to management consultancy Accenture.' Alyse Nelson, chief executive officer at Vital Voices, adds, 'We are looking forward to WVEF in November because we are looking to develop projects with partners that build women's capacity to sell.
Pacita Juan, co-chair and president of the Philippine Coffee Board, attended the Women Vendors Exhibition and Forum (WVEF) in Chongqing, China in 2011 looking for opportunities for women in coffee.
Attended by more than 250 women entrepreneurs, including over 100 from China, the WVEF
also assembled representatives from 55 large corporations as well as trade support institutions, which are critical to skills training for women-owned enterprises.