Executive Yuan to hold conclusive meeting for APEC women’s economic development project

  • Date: 2016-09-07
  • Source: Office of Information Services, Executive Yuan

The  Executive  Yuan  will  be  hosting  the  conclusive  meeting  for  the  Innovation  for  Women  and  Economic  Development  Project  on  September  7  at  the  Regent  Taipei  hotel,  where  the  final  report  on  multiyear  project  will  be  presented.

Twenty  high-ranking  officials,  nongovernmental  organization  leaders,  scholars  and  entrepreneurs  from  10  Asia-Pacific  Economic  Cooperation  (APEC)  member  economies  have  been  invited  to  the  event,  along  with  over  120  representatives  from  public  and  private  sectors  around  the  world.

Through  experience  sharing  and  exchanges,  the  meeting  is  expected  to  strengthen  networking  among  women  advocates  across  the  Asia-Pacific.  Member  economies  will  also  be  encouraged  to  use  innovative  information  and  communications  technology  as  tools  for  empowering  women  and  promoting  their  participation  in  economic  activities.

The  event’s  opening  ceremony  will  be  hosted  by  Executive  Yuan  Minister  without  Portfolio  Lin  Mei-chu,  and  keynote  speeches  will  be  delivered  by  Melanne  Verveer,  first  U.S.  ambassador-at-large  for  global  women’s  issues;  Nora  K.  Terrado,  chair  of  the  2015  APEC  Women  and  Economy  Forum;  and  Tsai  Yu-ling,  founder  of  Lee,  Tsai  &  Partners  Attorneys-at-Law.

Twenty  representatives  from  Australia,  Canada,  Chile,  Mexico,  Peru,  Thailand  and  Vietnam  will  also  exchange  views  with  Taiwanese  experts  to  discuss  women’s  economic  empowerment  and  inclusive  growth.  To  showcase  Taiwan’s  innovative  approaches,  the  Executive  Yuan  has  invited  panelists  from  Intel,  IBM  Taiwan,  Microsoft  Taiwan,  and  the  feminist  website  Womany.  The  leaders  of  the  multiyear  project,  Academia  Sinica  researcher  Chang  Ching-cheng  and  Hex,  Inc.  general  manager  Lin  Hsiao-mei,  will  present  the  project’s  final  report.

After  the  meeting,  participants  will  be  treated  to  a  special  dinner  party  where  talented  women  from  the  National  Taipei  University  of  Technology,  IBM  Taiwan,  Microsoft  Taiwan,  and  winners  of  various  science  competitions  will  demonstrate  their  artistic  inspiration,  creativity,  and  science  and  engineering  smarts.

The  Innovation  for  Women  and  Economic  Development  Project,  funded  by  APEC  since  2013,  has  come  to  an  end.  Over  that  time,  the  project  compiled  a  “toolkit”  for  developing  policies  and  business  models  for  women  entrepreneurs,  and  launched  a  multilingual  game-based  learning  device  called  “WE  boss”  to  help  women  learn  the  basics  of  starting  a  new  business.  The  project  also  encouraged  member  economies  to  integrate  their  public  resources  and  promote  the  initiatives  locally.  The  conclusive  meeting  is  expected  to  help  boost  women’s  economic  rights  and  serve  as  a  reference  for  policymakers  in  the  APEC  region.