The meeting, held by the Ministry of Labour, War-Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA), was to get consultancy on the action plan on women and economy in APEC 2017.

According to Nguyen Trong Dam, MOLISA Deputy Minister, the forum will gather 500 delegates coming from 21 economies, large groups and organizations.

As the host, MOLISA has identified 3 prioritised contents, including promoting gender equality for overall economic growth; increasing competitiveness and creativity of women-run businesses; and narrowing the gender gap in human resources development.

To realise the 3 contents, Nguyen Thi Tuyet Minh, Chairwoman of Women Entrepreneurs Council under the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), said that Vietnam should issue specific and detailed legal documents on gender equality in businesses.

The facts reveal that although women desire to be trained, they have not been provided opportunities. Gender inequality shows in the fact that some businesses only recruit men, not women.

In addition, a mechanism is needed to inspect how many women are recruited and trained in businesses.

Agreeing with Ms Minh, a representative from the Ho Chi Minh city Department of Labour, War-Invalids and Social Affairs said that it was necessary to clear up all gender prejudice, especially in labour recruitment.

In addition, polices should be issued to support businesses recruiting women labourers. “Although the State has issued policies supporting businesses recruiting women labourers, there is so much red tape to benefit from the preferential policies that businesses do not use this priority,” said the representative.

Delegates at the meeting suggested that the State should issue policies to support women-run businesses, including support for start-up training, management training, the development of consultant networks, and access to human resources.

According to Ton Nu Thi Ninh, President of the Ho Chi Minh city Peace and Development Fund, women entrepreneurs should themselves study to have comprehensive vision, optimize business, and heighten labourers’ skills, contributing to increasing competitiveness in integration./.

Compiled by BTA