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Promoting women’s role in economic developmentWomen should be encouraged to get involved in economic development as a way to promote gender equality and social progress.

The statement was made by Chairman of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) Vu Tien Loc at a forum in Hanoi on October 2.

Loc said the Party and State have introduced a number of policies to develop the female business community in Vietnam, and the forum provided the chance for domestic and foreign agencies to share experience in supporting women and businesswomen in economic development.

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) Country Director Gyorgy Sziraczki said the forum will help raise women’s leadership role in business organizations, promote gender equality and honour businesswomen’s initiatives.

A country cannot eliminate poverty, achieve prosperity and develop sustainably unless women are empowered and fully engaged in economic activity, he said.

UN Women Chief Representative in Vietnam Shoko Ishikawa said barriers should be removed to encourage women to take part in labour market by accelerating reform and ensuring the best working conditions and human rights for both women and men.

Participants at the forum discussed two main issues: creating the best possible conditions for businesswomen to develop and empowering women in production and trading in Vietnam.

 (Source: VOV)

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