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The 10th Federation of National Association of Women in Business in Eastern and Southern Africa (FEMCOM) Board lead by the Chairperson Joanne Mwangi Yelbert recently visited the site for the construction of the new headquarters in Lilongwe, Malawi and planted trees.

The tree planting ceremony was in line with the Government of Malawi's quest to beautify the cities in various parts of the country as well as an endorsement of the support given by the government to women empowerment.

Speaking at the ceremony, Mrs Mwangi said stakeholders and partners need to help the government of Malawi to fight climate change which usually has a negative impact on the women and youths in the country and the region in general.

"As we endorse this land given to us by the government I wish to retaliate the importance of trees in our lives. We are planting these trees today to show the world that this is our land but again we need to realize that the effects of climate change have affected most parts of the region. Just look at how bare this land is", Mrs Yelbert said.

FEMCOM Chief Executive Officer Katherine Ichoya thanked the COMESA Secretariat and the Government of Malawi for the support which the secretariat has received from inception.

"We as women of Africa should now realize that it is our time to work and shine so that we can come out of the poverty we have been in all this time. We need to utilize this facility once its built to uplift each other’s standard of living because here we shall have so many activities that shall help all women to develop their businesses", Ichoya said.

Mrs Towela Jalakasi, who is the FEMCOM Malawi Chapter chairperson, expressed joy at the hosting of the FEMCOM secretariat adding that this will give an opportunity for women in business in Malawi to exchange ideas on how best to do business.

"We are so privileges as Malawi to host this Headquarters and the planting of these trees is evident enough that we own the facility on behalf of other member states and I therefore urge all women in Business from Malawi to take advantage of this and grow their businesses in order to help boost the economy of the country and alleviate the poverty in the country,”

The government of Malawi donated the 10 acre piece of land to FEMCOM in 2014 for the construction of a multi-purpose headquarters to carter for women in business in the 19 Member States.