Taiwan in fruitful exchanges at APEC women forum

  • Date: 2016-07-01
  • Source: Department of Information Services, Executive Yuan

At  this  week’s  2016  Asia-Pacific  Economic  Cooperation  (APEC)  Women  and  the  Economy  Forum,  Taiwan  enhanced  its  visibility  by  showcasing  its  achievements  in  advancing  women’s  economic  development  in  the  Asia-Pacific.  

Executive  Yuan  Minister  without  Portfolio  Lin  Mei-chu  led  a  15-member  delegation  of  public-  and  private-sector  representatives  to  the  forum,  which  took  place  June  27-30  in  Peru.  Focusing  on  the  forum  theme  of  “Breaking  barriers  to  economic  integration  of  women  in  the  global  market,”  participating  economies  shared  their  experiences  on  creating  women-friendly  work  environments  and  promoting  measures  that  encourage  broader  participation  by  the  region’s  women  in  global  market  opportunities.

Speaking  at  the  High  Level  Policy  Dialogue  session,  Minister  Lin  highlighted  Taiwan’s  achievements  in  creating  business  opportunities  and  empowering  women  economically.  She  shared  Taiwan’s  experiences  from  the  APEC  multi-year  project  Innovation  for  Women  and  Economic  Development,  inviting  other  APEC  economies  to  a  conference  in  Taipei  this  September  to  see  the  results  of  this  multi-year  project.

Also  at  the  forum,  Minister  Lin  was  invited  to  deliver  opening  remarks  for  an  award  ceremony  hosted  by  Russia  to  recognize  outstanding  women-owned  small  and  medium-sized  enterprises.

Throughout  the  weeklong  conference,  the  delegation  from  Taiwan  held  bilateral  meetings  with  the  Philippines,  Peru  and  Papua  New  Guinea  as  well  as  numerous  sideline  meetings  with  other  APEC  economies.  They  engaged  in  fruitful  exchanges  on  how  best  to  craft  policies  on  women’s  participation  in  the  economy.

Taiwan’s  longstanding  efforts  to  create  an  environment  for  women’s  economic  empowerment  and  innovation  have  garnered  affirmation  from  many  APEC  members.  Taiwan  will  continue  participating  in  the  activities  of  the  APEC  women  forum  in  order  to  strengthen  collaborations  with  other  Asia-Pacific  economies  and  contribute  to  regional  issues  of  women’s  economic  participation.