Forum discusses support for women owned firms ​to join supply chains


Forum discusses support for women-owned firms ​to join supply chains hinh anh 1

At the event (Photo: VNA)

A forum on supporting women-owned businesses to join supply chains through sustainable development tools took place in Hanoi on April 17.

The event, jointly organised by the Vietnam Women Entrepreneurs Council (VWEC) under the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), attracted more than 100 delegates and representatives of ministries, embassies, international organisations, financial institutions, and enterprises.

It formed part of the “WE RISE Together” programme, which creates equal market opportunities for women by advancing supplier persity through gender-responsive procurement in Vietnam, supported by the Australian Government through the Mekong – Australia Partnership.

Speaking at the event, VCCI Vice Chairman Nguyen Quang Vinh acknowledged that although women make up almost half of the world’s population, they contribute to only 37% of the global GDP. If women can participate in the economy on an equal footing with men, as much as 28 trillion USD could be added to the global GDP by 2025.

He said currently in Vietnam, more than 20% of owners of small- and medium-sized enterprises are women while 51% of Vietnamese enterprises have women in their ownership, higher than in other countries. However, most women-owned firms operate at the lowest levels of supply chains in many industries and face difficulties in meeting procurement requirements of large companies.

Caroline T. Nyamayemombe, Country Representative of UN Women in Vietnam, reckoned that the application of sustainable development tools such as gender-responsive procurement policies and women’s empowerment principles (WEPs) is one of the smart choices to help businesses make a difference and grow sustainably.

The forum provided latest updates on the roadmap for enterprises to implement Vietnam’s sustainable development goals, solutions to support businesses to meet national and international sustainable development standards, along with policies and programmes to enhance market access and financial and non-financial support for women-owned and -led enterprises.

Delegates at the event pointed out bottlenecks to women’s access to capital and market such as a lack of business support networks for women, the shortage of training programmes and mentoring opportunities to hone skills for women entrepreneurs, the burden of domestic care work and stereotypes about women’s entrepreneurial abilities.

On the occasion, 22 Vietnamese enterprises signed a commitment to supporting the WEPs. Organisers also launched the WEPs Awards 2024, an initiative of UN Women introduced in 2020./.


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