The 2015 ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs Forum (AWEF) was organised by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) in Hanoi on March 6 as part of the ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs Network’s (AWEN) activities.

According to the organising board, the forum aimed to create opportunities for businesswomen in the bloc to participate in the global value and supply chain and promote future AWEN activities.

Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Pham Thi Hai Chuyen highlighted that in a bid to enhance women’s roles, Vietnam is completing legislative framework and gender equality policies, especially economic judicial capacity for women.

At the forum, numerous specialists agreed that businesswomen are playing an increasingly important role in each nation’s development, and should therefore receive greater attention from all levels of society.

Meanwhile, other participants recommended that there should be additional conferences to share business experience and promote trade relations among enterprises in the region.

They also concurred that governments need to create favourable conditions and support women entrepreneurs in a timely fashion to enable them leverage their capacity to the fullest extent.-VNA