DTI to host technology and innovation forum for women in ASEAN

MANILA-- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will be gathering women entrepreneurs in ASEAN for a technology and innovation forum from March 16 to 17 in Manila.

In line with its ASEAN Business and Investment Program, DTI and ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs' Network (AWEN) will hold STEAM Ahead in ASEAN: A Forum of Women and Technology.

The forum aims to empower women in ASEAN by engaging in technology- and innovation-led enterprises.

According to studies, women pursuing careers in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) are likely to earn 30 percent more income than in non-STEAM careers.

Delegates from the 10 ASEAN member countries will be sharing ideas and opportunities in areas of STEAM during the two-day event.

The Philippines has identified inclusive and innovation-led growth as one of its thematic priorities for hosting the ASEAN Summit 2017.

This aims to engage micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the region to utilize new technology and innovation and benefit from the opportunities of digital economy.

Meanwhile, the Philippines chairs AWEN from 2016 to 2018 after Vietnam's leadership concluded in May last year.

Its steering committee is composed of DTI, Philippine Commission on Women, Department of Foreign Affairs, and Women's Business Council of the Philippines in coordination with the ASEAN National Organizing Council.

AWEN's policy advocacy includes empowering women in ASEAN through engaging in economic activities while improving their access to finance and market. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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