Enhancing Business Competitiveness of Woman Entrepreneurs Discussed at WLN Meeting
Delegates also attended a seminar hosted by the Confederation of Women's Business Councils.
The meeting of more than 400 businesspeople, academics and government officials is an annual event on the APEC calendar that seeks to improve the environment for women to contribute to economic growth in the Asia-Pacific.
In the first plenary session entitled "WLN the Second Decade: Where do we go from here?" delegates assessed the role of the WLN as a forum for enhancing the environment for women in the region.
Delegates discussed issues of relevance to women in the global economy such as education, accessing new technologies and increasing access to trade opportunities for women operated enterprises.
In this meeting a number of delegates called for consideration of a third Ministerial Meeting on Women to be scheduled in the near future. Two other Ministerial Meetings on Women have been held in the past with the first being in the
There was agreement among members that while there were a number of opportunities for women to provide input to future policy direction in the APEC Region, the WLN provided a unique opportunity to have the voice of women heard. The WLN has direct access to leaders as well as their respect and recognition, and delegates said they looked forward to finalizing their recommendations form the 11th meeting that will now be presented to ministers and leaders.
In the second plenary session for the day entitled "Towards a Dynamic Community - Enhancing the Competitiveness of Women Business for Sustainable Development and Prosperity," delegates discussed opportunities for women in the new economy.
The issue of access to ICT was discussed further and it was argued that this relates not only to access to computers, but to the wide range of telecommunications products and processes that can empower women entrepreneurs.
Delegates discussed the entrepreneurial spirit of the region's women and the fact that a great deal of the region's current success can be attributed to women business people and the work of women described as the most important resource for ensuring prosperity in the region.
The Confederation of Women's Business Councils workshop convened during the course of events during the day under the theme of "Ways to Support the Establishment of Women Enterprises."
The discussion covered potential hurdles to participation in the formal sector such as approaches to banking and government assistance to assist in starting women operated businesses.
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