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Hanoi (VNA) – The Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) group and the World Bank (WB) organised a technical discussion in Hanoi on October 6 to highlight the importance of gender equality in Vietnam’s energy sector.

Speaking at the event, Khuat Quang Mau, Chairman of EVN Trade Union, said the group is committed to promoting gender equality and providing a working environment that is beneficial and rewarding for female and male employees alike.

The commitment will help EVN meet its goals for productivity, skills and customer service, by ensuring that all employees, regardless of gender, can develop their talents and perform to their fullest capacity, Mau added.

Among main activities under the joint EVN – WB project is the launch of a new leadership programme for women, designed to enhance women’s capacity to advance to senior management positions and to raise the rate of women among the management from 12.7 percent in 2015 to 14.5 percent in 2020, which is a goal outlined in the group’s Gender Actions Plan (GAP).

Achim Fock, Portfolio and Operations Manager of the WB in Vietnam commended EVN for its proactive efforts to meet the GAP targets.

“This will not only create a more inclusive environment for EVN’s workforce, but it can also bring organizational benefits for EVN that will contribute to establish a more resilient and sustainable power sector in Vietnam,” Fock said.

EVN and WB are also considering further joint activities in support of the GAP implementation, including adjustments to human resource management procedures to ensure that women are always included on the list of candidates considered for recruitment and promotion.

Guest speakers of the discussion included Nguyen Thuy, Senior Government Affairs Manager of GE Vietnam, and Beverley Smith, Director of POWERful Women, an initiative in the UK energy sector that works to promote gender diversity in leadership roles.

The event will be followed by a pilot “Women in Leadership” training programme for select EVN staff, which is scheduled to take place from October 9 to 13.-VNA