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Women a force in creating new economies

The 2012 summit was held in Athens, Greece and saw a diverse audience from more than 70 countries. (NST).

THE three-day Global Summit of Women (GSW) which begins today,willseesome1,000women leaders worldwide converging on a single platform and sharing strategies to advance women’s economic lives.

The summit, which is being held for the first time in Kuala Lumpur, is the world’s leading global economic forum for women.

It has developed a reputation as an exciting, fact-filled, hands-on gathering of high calibre delegates from all over the world.

Themed “Women: Creating New Economies”, the summit, to be chaired by the prime minister’s wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, aims to discuss the impact of women on the global economy as entrepreneurs, consumers and workers.

Some 1,000 delegates from 70 countries will get together for sessions designed to explore practical strategies and best practices in accelerating women’s economic progress worldwide.

The summit reflects the forum’s belief that women are changing the global marketplace with the creative new enterprises they are building,

their emphasis on business responsibilities towards their workers and surrounding communities, and their protective initiatives towards nurtuirng a fragile environment.

Among its objectives are to inform delegates how to access the Malaysian and Asia-Pacific markets, introduce business and government women leaders from the region, provide skillsbuilding sessions and establish networks among its leaders.

GSW president Irene Natividad says the summit will feature plenary sessions which cover business trends such as corporate social responsibility, both regionally and globally; practical strategies for business growth both personal and entrepreneurial, developed in different parts of the world; skills-building sessions in leadership development, entrepreneurial and issues; inspirational role models from more than 80 presenters and ample networking opportunities throughout the threeday event.

The summit kicks off with a roundtable for women ministers which will discuss public and private sector partnerships towards advancing economic opportunities for women and girls.

Delegates will be offered insight into the Malaysian market in a special session led by International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, who will present a paper on “Doing business with Malaysia”.

Among government leaders expected at the summit are Kosovon President Atifete Jahjaga; Vietnamese vice-president Nguyen Thi Doyan; Polish deputy head of state Ewa Kopacz; French Minister of Women’s Rights Najat Vallaud-Belkacem; Kosovon Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Trade and Industry Mimoza Kusari-Lila; Italian Minister of Justice Paula Severino; International Trade and Industry Ministry secretary-general Datuk Dr Rebecca Sta Maria and Women, Family and Community Development Ministry secretary general Datuk Dr Noorul Ainur Mohd Nur; Polish Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Beata Stelmach; South African Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Elizabeth Thabethe; its Deputy Minister of Women, Family and Disabilities Hendrietta Bogopanezulu.

Corporate leaders participating in the summit include IBM Thailand’s CEO Parnsiree Amatayakul; PepsiCo Asia-Pacific president Umran Beba; isa Inc president for Asia-Pacific, Central Europe and Africa, Elizabeth Buse, Credit Suisse managing director Marisa Drew and SME Corporation Malaysia chief executive officer Datuk Hafsah Hashim.

Founded in 1990, the GSW is a Washington-based non-governmental organisation conceived as a meeting point for public, private and non-profit sectors, to expand women’s economic opportunities through exchanges of working solutions and creative strategies.

Malaysia is hosting the summit for the first time, after winning its bid in 2011.

In conjunction with the event, there will also be a three-day women’s expo which will offer entrepreneurs the opportunity to display their products or services to delegates and visitors.

As host, a Malaysian pavilion will showcase to delegates high-quality Malaysian goods and services.

The summit and expo are held at he Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.


• Launching creative enterprises
• Partnering for successful global alliances
• Developing caring and equitable workplaces
• Enabling technology access worldwide
• Nurturing a fragile environment for all

Source: NST, 6 June 2013


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