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16-member Taiwan group to attend APEC forum on gender issues

2017/09/25 20:00:30

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Taipei, Sept. 25 (CNA) A 16-member delegation from Taiwan, headed by its deputy national development chief, will attend the 2017 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Women and Economy Forum (WEF), to be held in Hue, Vietnam from Sept. 26 to 29.

Kao Shien-quey (高仙桂) will head the delegation, which is composed of representatives from both the public and private sectors, including members of the Cabinet's Gender Equality Committee, according to a statement released by the committee Monday.

The theme of the upcoming WEF will be "Enhancing Women's Inclusion and Economic Empowerment in the Changing World," and will focus on three topics: women's competitiveness at micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises, the elimination of gender gaps in manpower resources, and the promotion of gender equality, the statement said.

Apart from participating in the forum, the Taiwanese delegation will also organize a workshop with the Vietnamese government department of gender equality on the sidelines of the meeting on Tuesday.

Representatives of economic entities around the world, Vietnamese female entrepreneurs and Taiwanese living in Vietnam will attend the workshop to discuss measures aimed at encouraging women to enter the "STEAM" fields -- science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics, the statement said.

APEC is the economic forum in the Asia-Pacific region that serves as a vehicle for strengthening regional economies, bolstering trade and investment openness and deepening regional economic integration.

The only APEC forum dedicated to gender issues, the annual WEF represents the opportunity for efforts to enhance economic opportunities for women through the APEC process.

(By Ku Chuan and Elizabeth Hsu)
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