Thank you for your question, and also for asking it in French.
Canada's Feminist International Assistance Policy must absolutely be reflected in our DFI. That is imperative.
For starters, we will ensure that our governance has the required competencies in terms of gender equality. EDC has its board of directors, and the DFI will have one, as well.
There will also be an advisory committee that will provide the board of directors with advice. Currently, we are making sure that those people have all the competencies with regard to gender equality and climate change. As for our key priorities, we are making sure we have the necessary competencies in governance.
DFI staff will be provided with the training they need to have appropriate responses and to be able to support businesses, so that their projects would have a real impact on gender equality on the ground.
There are areas of activity we want to get involved in. The policy states that women must be consulted locally. Private businesses can easily do that, and we will strongly encourage it. Consultations are being held to ensure that projects meet local needs. With our projects, we are doing more than consulting women; we are promoting their economic empowerment.
This must become second nature in all areas of activity, and that is highly likely and even desirable. The opportunity to engage women is a way to ensure success for businesses. I am often told so, especially in developing countries.
When it comes to entrepreneurship or the reliability of employees we hire, women are more likely to be punctual in their training, among other activities. It is very beneficial for private businesses to get women involved locally.