In an effort to further build the capacity of Liberians in the transport sector and to as we provide international experience including entrepreneurship,sustainability and women empowerment,the National Treasurer of the Association of Liberian Construction Contractors (ALCC), Chairlady of the ALCC Women’s Agenda and CEO of Tumarsi Construction Company, Kimberly Kpan Toure is to speak at the International Transport Conference “Women Mobilize Women” on May 22 in Leipzig, Germany.
Kimberly Toure was selected from a list of influential women from across the world working for improving the transport sector. She will be one representing Liberia and the project “Capacity Development in the Transport Sector” of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) supported by the German Government.
The conference “Women Mobilize Women” with focus on “Transforming Mobility through Female Empowerment” is organized by the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI). Through this conference, TUMI is kick-starting a debate on the role and potential of women in the transport sector.
As an actively involved female agent of change who has worked in the construction industry for more than ten years Kimberly Toure has been selected to share her perspectives on the challenges and experiences of business women in developing and emerging economies and involvement of the private sector in Liberia. Participation at this Conference is an opportunity for Liberian businesses to be presented at the international level to encourage cooperation and look for synergies with international organizations and companies.
Kimberly Toure states, “I will emphasize the need for Liberian contractors to be empowered to begin implementing bigger construction projects including pavement of roads. There is a strong need of capital, equipment and capacity development. Despite the existing Small Business Empowerment Act (SBA 2014) ensuring that “in respect of each fiscal year of the Government, at least 25% of all public procurement contracts shall be allocated and provided to Liberian-owned MSMEs, of which at least 5% shall be allocated and provided to Women-owned MSMEs” – currently, the Liberian-owned construction companies do not get the assured public contracts. Besides, I will give a clear picture of the challenging road sector in Liberia and highlight the gender inequity which exists in terms of awarding roads and general construction contracts.”
After the conference Kimberly Toure as National Treasurer of ALCC will have a meeting with “German Confederation of Small Businesses and Skilled Craftsmen (ZDH)” to discuss opportunities for setting up partnerships and encourage investors. This is because she holds the strong belief that expansion of roads throughout Liberia is key to unlocking the country’s economic potential and empowering Liberian MSMEs enhancing local jobs.
GIZ Project ‘Capacity Development in the Transport Sector in Liberia’ is supporting the institutional development of the ALCC and its services, particularly through establishing training programs for their members, among other activities.
The Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) enables leaders in developing countries and emerging economies to create sustainable urban mobility. It offers technical and financial support for innovative ideas.