SA to participate in Global Summit for Women

The Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Elizabeth Thabethe will lead a delegation of businesswomen who will participate in the Global Summit for Women to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 6 to 8 June 2013. The Global Summit of Women is a non-profit organisation headed by International Planning Committee of Women leaders from different parts of the world. This year the summit will be held under the theme “Women creating New Economies”.

The Summit will provide information to delegates on how to access the dynamic Malaysian and Asian-Pacific markets, showcase women business and government leaders from the region, provide skills-building sessions as well as establish networks among such leaders.

“The Global Summit of Women has been enabling women leaders to grow their businesses, expand their networks and enlarge their opportunities in their countries, regions and globally. This is therefore the reason why we want our South African business women and aspirant young women to be part of this event,” said Deputy Minister Thabethe.

According to Thabethe, the Global Summit continues to celebrate women’s leadership worldwide.

“Again, this year’s summit will see more than 1 000 women-leaders from every corner of the world sharing winning strategies to advance women’s economic lives and ensure global prosperity.  This will constitute of businesswomen as well as professional and governmental women leaders,” she added.

Thabethe explained that the summit had succeeded in being the vehicle for the formation of international and regional networks, for successful business initiatives and for the sheer exchange of ideas and practices that have energized women participating in the global markets.

The summit will focus on the emergence of women as political and business leaders and its features will encompass pre-summit roundtable for women Government Ministers to dialogue with corporate leaders on best practices in public/private sector partnerships, for advancing women’s economic growth. Discussions will also centre around practical strategies for business growth, personal and entrepreneurial, that are developed in the different parts of the world.

Deputy Minister Thabethe further said that the programme will cover skills business sessions in Leadership Development, Entrepreneurial and Micro enterprise development presented by inspirational role models from every continent. Women will also have networking opportunities with their counterparts throughout the event.

Statement issued by the DTI

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