On March 10, 2016, the African Women Entrepreneurship Program of Guinea (AWEP Guinea), in collaboration with the US Embassy in Conakry hosted a coffee to commemorate International Women’s Day. 70 Women from all sectors had coffee and networked with each other. Ambassador Dennis Hankins greeted the women and stressed the U.S.’s commitment to promoting women’s empowerment and partnership with women entrepreneurs. AWEP coordinator Dr. Saran Keita spoke of female entrepreneurship as being essential to unlock the potential of the private sector and promote economic growth. The meeting was also an opportunity for 2015 International Woman of Courage Marie Claire Tchecola to talk about her participation in the award. The event received wide media coverage.