Kerala to set up India’s first International Women’s Trade Centre

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News: Kerala has announced the setting up of India’s first international women’s trade centre(WTC) in consonance with the United Nations sustainable development goals(SDGs).

Facts:

  • Aim: The centre aims to accelerate women entrepreneurship and secure gender parity while providing women with a safe place away from home to start new businesses set up or expand and get their products marketed globally.

Additional Facts:

  • Prateeksha: It is Kerala’s first marine ambulance developed by Cochin Shipyard Limited for rescue operations and care of fishermen in distress at sea.
  • Women Entrepreneurship Platform(WEP): It is an initiative of NITI Aayog that aims to provide an ecosystem for budding & existing women entrepreneurs across the country by providing different support services like Incubation, training, marketing, mentorship among others.