23 August 2017 | Manila, Philippines

What are the programs that can promote women entrepreneurship and business development in ASEAN? How have women entrepreneurs contributed to the trade of goods and services? How can we create a conducive/supportive policy and regulatory environment for women entrepreneurs in the region?

These are just some of the questions that will be addressed in the upcoming forum on Mainstreaming ASEAN Women in Trade of Goods and Services Towards the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) 2025 on August 30 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila.

The forum will be divided into five panel sessions to cover topics ranging from challenges of doing business in ASEAN, down to mainstreaming women entrepreneurs across the ASEAN economic community.

Panelists representing government agencies, concerned ASEAN sectoral bodies and corporations such as Golden ABC and Citibank will be sharing best practices and inputs to help boost the capabilities of local and regional women entrepreneurs.

As ASEAN 2017 Chair, the Philippines has been pushing for inclusive, innovation led-growth. This goes beyond enhanced connectivity in the region and integration of MSMEs in the digital economy, as it trickles down to bringing in support for women and youth who are into or would want to go into business.

It is in line with this thrust that the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Philippine lead agency for the ASEAN Economic pillar, aims to open the discussion on the contribution of women entrepreneurs to economic growth in ASEAN.

The Forum on Mainstreaming ASEAN Women in Trade of Goods and Services towards AEC 2025 will be hosted by DTI, together with the ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs Network (AWEN) and the Women’s Business Council Philippines. US AID and US-ASEAN Connect are also partners for the said event.

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