The International Women Entrepreneurs Summit 2018 was inaugurated by the Vice President of Nepal Nanda Bahadur Pun in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal on September 3, 2018.
Speaking on the occasion, Nepal’s Vice President emphasised upon empowering women in all areas including social, political and economic. He also expressed concern over increasing violence against women and highlighted the need for public efforts to eliminate it.
The three-day event is being organised by the South Asian Women Development Forum. It is expected to witness participation from delegates belonging to 27 countries including China and the SAARC, ASEAN, EU, African and Arab countries.
Theme: ‘Equality begins with Economic Empowerment’
The main objective of the summit is to bring together achievers, women business leaders, professionals, international service providers, resource organisations, experts, government representatives and other stakeholders with a focus on innovative economic transformation through discussions and collaborations.
Following are some of the key objectives of the Summit:
• To address the challenges associated with advancing and promoting gender responsive trade facilitation policies.
• To promote business women through policy sharing for actionable reforms which can be developed as regional instruments for advocating the economic issues of women.
• To create a more efficient, effective channel to identify, develop, and scale high-potential women entrepreneurs.
• Learning and replication of an entrepreneurial model projects.
• B2B meetings with suppliers and manufacturers in the textile sector (Pashmina and felt).
The event will see special sessions on topics including women entrepreneurship development, promoting economic empowerment of women in Africa and the Mena regions, role of institutions in fostering women entrepreneurship, gender inclusive trade and industrialisation, leveraging technology for women entrepreneurship development, sustainable tourism for socio-economic development and importance of including businesses women in value chains.
The summit will conclude on September 5, 2018 with the signing of MoUs and key announcements on new collaborations.
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