Vice State President Nguyen Thi Doan had a meeting with outstanding female entrepreneurs who have pioneered in international economic integration in Hanoi on March 5 on the occasion of the 105th International Women’s Day (March 8, 1910).

Vietnam is currently home to more than 500,000 businesses, over 100,000 of which are owned or directly run by women.

The Vice President noted that the ASEAN Community is set to be established in 2015, facilitating Vietnam’s comprehensive integration into the international community and opening the door to the world’s scientific and technological achievements and global companies. Therefore, Vietnamese entrepreneurs, especially businesswomen, should prepare for this changing playing field.

Underlining challenges in the integration period, Doan asked them to uphold Vietnam’s business culture and improve their foreign language and communication skills, professional competence, and administration capacity.

She also said entrepreneurs need to take heed of scientific research to minimise unnecessary operational expenses while speaking highly of their contributions to ensuring social welfare.

Noting that the State continually looks to create optimal conditions for businesses and entrepreneurs, the Vice President wished great success for the businesswomen and encouraged them to contribute to the nation during its integration.-VNA