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          Women honoured by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry

          • Hanoi, 22 March 2010

          To mark the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and the Vietnam Women Entrepreneurs Council organized a series of events in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and across the country to celebrate the successes of Vietnamese women entrepreneurs and recognize their contribution to the country’s development.

          Women honoured by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry

          The importance of the role of women as contributors to economic development, whether it is in developed or developing countries, has been firmly recognized over the last decade.

          Many chambers of commerce around the world are pro-actively working with governments and corporations, in increasing the number and profile of women business leaders as well as changing the perspective of women, not as economically vulnerable, but as economically viable, and fostering networks to develop and support the role of women in business.

          The World Chambers Congress in Kuala Lumpur last June revealed the important role of women in the economy, with more than 80% of all purchasing decisions made by women, allowing them to determine the profitability of any company in the world.

          However, there is still a great deal that needs to be done to support women in business.

          During the awards ceremony in Hanoi, VCCI Chairman, Vu Tien Loc, presented special awards to Rie Vejs Kjeldgaard, ILO Representative in Vietnam, as well as Lee Ju Song, ICC Asia Director, for their contribution to business development.

          During her expression of thanks for the award, Ms Lee urged the creation of a more conducive business environment for women entrepreneurs in Vietnam so they can successfully sharpen their international competitive edge.

          Ms Lee told the group of 400 business and political leaders in Hanoi on 6 March: “For Vietnam to successfully progress to the next stage of its economic advancement and bring about sustainable development, its expanding business community must have access to international business infrastructure to help Vietnamese entrepreneurs ride the next wave of regional and global growth.”

          Ms Lee also took the opportunity to remind government and business leaders that Vietnam’s implementation of the ATA Carnet System will also support and foster the development of entrepreneurship, as it is a practical international marketing tool helping businesses in participating in exhibitions, and covers professional equipment and commercial samples.

          Other speakers at the Forum included Nguyen Sinh Hung, Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister; Victoria Kwakwa, World Bank Country Director in Vietnam; and Steve Ham, Senior Vice President of SK Engineering and Construction, Korea.

          For further information, please contact:

          Lee Ju Song

          Director

          ICC Asia

          Tel: +65 6224 1255

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