Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh highlighted Vietnamese women’s contributions to the national economy in her speech delivered at the 28th Global Summit of Women (GSW) themed “Creating Economies of Shared Value”, which opened in Sydney, Australia on April 26.
This year’s conference focuses discussions on the global situation, globalism and nationalism, impacts of digital era, green technology, the use of Internet and information technology in business, new business models, expansion of markets for women-led enterprises, and improving women’s role in business activities.
In her remarks, Thinh hailed the contributions of Vietnamese women in the economic field, especially the fact that women make up 48% of the workforce and about 25% of CEOs or members of the boards of directors in Vietnam. Vietnamese women’s involvement in regional and global connectivity has been supporting their approach to models of sustainable development, science and technology, the source of knowledge, she said while calling on Vietnamese women to overcome difficulties, especially access to capital and new skills in order to keep abreast with the world economy.
The Vice President affirmed the key role played by Vietnamese women as well as those around the in fostering global governance, inclusive growth, sustainable development and building economies with shared values. Therefore, more attention and more opportunities should be given to women. In the current context, women need to take full advantage of opportunities to enhance connectivity and sharing, thereby enhancing their values and acquiring new things, she said.
At the summit, the Vietnamese delegation actively participated in a ministerial roundtable discussion on the role of public-private partnerships in promoting economic opportunities for women and female children, a mayor forum, local leadership and business cooperation with Australia.
Deputy Finance Minister Vu Thi Mai and Deputy Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Thi Nghia shared Vietnam's experience in incorporating gender-related issues into a financial policy for businesses and in mobilizing capital resources in society so as to carry out projects to ensure gender equality in the education sector.
The GSW President and international delegates applauded Vietnam's achievements in ensuring gender equality. The former Philippine Foreign Minister praised Vietnam's initiatives to strengthen connectivity between businesswomen in the region, particularly the initiative for the establishment of a network of women entrepreneurs within ASEAN.
On the sidelines of the meeting, the Vietnamese delegation conducted a round table discussion with their Australian counterparts on gender equality during which, they shared experiences in promoting gender equality and women empowerment, especially measures to promote the leadership of women in business.
This year's GWS running through April 28, was attended by approximately 1200 delegates from 65 countries, including some world leaders, representatives of several major groups and women's organizations, and businesswomen.VOV