PRESENTATION BY MS. CAI SHENG, China
Ladies and gentlemen,
I am very pleased to attend the 2006 APEC 11th Women Leaders’ Network Meeting held in
1. Establish women employment or entrepreneurship center and help women to start their own business through micro-credit scheme
As we all know,
Second, provide training, and enhance women’s competitiveness in the market through improving their professional skills and management level
Practice proves that finance resource is not enough. In the initial stages of entrepreneurship, most of the women lack of professional knowledge and skills, therefore capacity building is more crucial for their career development. In this connection, local women’s federations provide them relevant training courses to meet their needs. For instance, ACWF cooperated with Mary Kay and set up “Women Career Fund”. In the past five years, 1.25 million revolving credits have been delivered to more than 3000 lad off women workers for being self-reemployed in 10 big cities. Among them Tongzhou District Women’s Federation of Beijing delivered credits to 50 of lad off women workers or rural poor women to raise black chicken. Afterwards, they invited expertise and animal husbandman to give training courses on professional and management knowledge and skills. In the production process, they also invited animal husbandman to visit households demonstrating practical skill for the women. Under the help of local women’s federations, most of women have been successfully engaged in the black chicken raising and increased their incomes. Afterwards, more than 300 women in that area have followed them to raise black chicken and improved their living.
In addition, in the light of the actual situation, many local women’s federations hold women entrepreneurship fora to advocate new concept, exchange information on marketing and technology. The fora provided the platform for women entrepreneurs to share experiences and show their products, and set models to women to inspire their confidences in entrepreneurship.
These are our practices of promoting entrepreneurship of women through micro-credit. I am very glad to have the chance to share with all of you. I believe that during the process of globalization, women in APEC region in joint efforts will continue to improve the competence, overcome the barriers and make our advantages to contribute more to the regional economic development.
Thank you for your attention.