Hanoi (VNA) - Over 80 delegates including women entrepreneurs gathered in Kathmandu capital city of Nepal on September 11 to take part in the first Across Barriers-International Business Women's Summit.

The event, organised by the South Asia Women Development Forum, aims to promote business opportunities and partnership within women entrepreneurs from the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China.

The two-day summit also focuses on exploring marketing opportunities through sharing and transferring skills and technology, especially in trade and tourism, information technology, agriculture and textile sectors.

Inaugurating the event, Nepali Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba said his government has prioritised investment for economic empowerment of women and has launched various policies, funds and legal interventions.

He said financial power and economic empowerment can reduce women vulnerability either in Nepal or in South Asia as a whole.

According to the South Asia Women Development Forum, only 10 percent of South Asian women are engaged in small and medium enterprises, which is attributable to cultural norms and gender specific challenges.-VNA