The Federation of National Associations of Women in Business in Eastern and Southern Africa (FEMCOM) recently embarked on the review and finalization process of its Strategic Plan for 2016–2020. The technical working session was organized in collaboration with COMESA Secretariat, which provided technical expertise on Strategic Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation and Balanced Score Card to assist in the review process.

The MTSP review process was led by Ms. Joanne Mwangi, who is the current Chair of the FEMCOM Board and the FEMCOM CEO, Mrs Katherine Ichoya. In her opening remarks, Ms. Mwangi stated that she was privileged to be the Chair of the FEMCOM Board at this critical time when FEMCOM is setting its agenda for the next five years. “I strongly encourage the team to ensure that the review process addresses the critical gaps, challenges and emerging issues as well as providing guidance on how the women would take advantage of the opportunities presented in this era of African Union Economic Empowerment of Women towards the AU Agenda 2063,” she said.

IMG_2210Photo: FEMCOM MTSP Review Task Force

The Task Force comprised of COMESA technical experts, FEMCOM Board represented by Kenya, Mauritius and Zambia as well as FEMCOM Staff, reviewed the progress made on the implementation of the 2009-2014 Medium Term Strategic Plan by considering the key achievements, challenges and lessons learnt during the said period. The bulk of the key achievements recorded centred around institutional establishment of FEMCOM Secretariat, provision of technical advisory services to and official branding of FEMCOM National Chapters as well as the implementation of the COMESA cluster programme in the cassava and textiles/garments sub-sectors. The challenges highlighted included among others, the continuous inadequate financial and human resources capacity, weak National Chapters and FEMCOM’s low visibility.

Also in review will be FEMCOM’s vision, mission and core values taking into consideration the emerging issues as well as the strategic priority areas for the next 5 years, which will be geared towards up-scaling the productive and leadership capacity of women and youth in business, visibility and public awareness, institutional strengthening of FEMCOM Secretariat and its National Chapters and ICT optimization.

The 3-day review session was held from 19th – 21st May, 2015, at Chaminuka in Lusaka, Zambia. The draft Strategic Plan for 2016-2020 is still on course and will be ready by June 2015.