Forum focuses on women and the economy

HCM City (VNA) – The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs held a conference in Ho Chi Minh City on April 10 to mull over a draft action plan on women and the economy in Asia-Pacific Economic Conference (APEC) in 2017.

The event aims to prepare for the APEC Women and the Economy Forum scheduled to take place in Vietnam latter this year to enhance women’s integration and economic capacity in a technological changing world.

Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Trong Dam said the forum is expected to draw 500 delegates from 21 member economies as well as big companies and organisations.

The event will focus o­n promoting gender equality for inclusive economic growth, increasing competitiveness and creativity for female-owned  businesses, and narrowing gender gaps in human resources development.

Chairwoman of the Vietnam Women Entrepreneur Council under the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) Nguyen Thi Tuyet Minh said Vietnam needs specific and detailed legal documents o­n gender equality in businesses as well as a monitoring mechanism o­n businesses’ female recruitment and training for female workers every year.

A representative from HCM City’s Department of Labour, Invalid and Social Affairs held that it is necessary to eliminate gender prejudice, especially in the labour recruitment.

Participants called o­n the State to devise more policies supporting female-owned enterprises to start business and access to financial resources.

President of HCM City’s Peace and Development Foundation Ton Nu Thi Ninh advised female entrepreneurs to optimise business models to improve vocational skills for workers and increase their competitive edge in the period of integration.-VNA