KUCHING: The US Embassy will launch the Wanita Empowered Business Mentorship programme on Nov 18.

The six-month programme is an initiative to support women’s economic empowerment and help them reach their full economic potential and create conditions for increased stability, security, and prosperity for all.

It is a nationwide mentoring and training programme to empower established women entrepreneurs and further develop their business skills, said US Embassy in a media statement on Monday.

A total of 30 participants from Sabah, Sarawak, and Penang will be paired with industry experts and top women executives who will serve as mentors.

The programme draws on the expertise of the mentors to further enhance and develop the business and leadership skills of the participants through coaching and skill development activities.

At the end of the training, participants will be armed with the knowledge and skills to grow their businesses by pitching to potential investors.

The US Embassy is partnering with Sabah Women Entrepreneurs and Professional Association (Swepa) to implement the programme.

It is also in collaboration with 3R, Penang Women Chamber of Commerce (PWCC) and The Women Entrepreneurs and Professional Association Sarawak (WEPS).

The programme is part of the US Embassy’s larger Wanita Empowered campaign to promote equality in opportunity, support growth and strengthen economic ties between the US and Malaysia.