On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day, the UNCTAD Empretec programme is launching the third Empretec Women in Business Award. The award ceremony will take place in Doha, Qatar, in April 2012, during the World Investment Forum which will be held in parallel with the UNCTAD XIII Ministerial Conference.
The Award is granted every second year to women trained by national Empretec centres who have excelled in developing innovative business ideas, providing jobs, and increasing income in their communities. The special recognition provided by the Award has helped women to become role models in their communities as successful micro-entrepreneurs working to improve the quality of life of the people around them.
The evaluation of candidates for the Award will be carried out by experts from UNCTAD's partner organizations working in the field of entrepreneurship development. The prize will recognize the women's ability to add value by providing products and services, developing trade and investment opportunities, and harnessing knowledge for development. The decision panel for the Award will include representatives from selected transnational corporations, business schools, international banks and international organizations.
In cooperation with its selected sponsors, UNCTAD will award a small financial grant to the winner of the first prize and to the two runners-up.