The U.S. Department of State will host the South Asia Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium in Dhaka, Bangladesh in support of the New Silk Road vision of enhancing regional economic integration and advancing economic growth, peace, and stability.
The symposium, which will be held at the Ruposhi Bangla Hotel December 8-11, will address the challenges and opportunities faced by women-owned small and medium sized enterprises and create cross-border linkages between women entrepreneurs and leaders throughout South Asia. The four-day program will focus on several key themes, including empowerment through entrepreneurship and trade, the role of women in technology and economic development, and factors that create an enabling environment for women’s entrepreneurship and governance.
Approximately 120 participants from across South and Central Asia, including Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, as well as representatives from outside the region, will attend the symposium. Participants will include women entrepreneurs, other private sector leaders, and senior government officials. U.S. Ambassador at Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne S. Verveer, Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia Robert O. Blake, and U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh Dan W. Mozena will deliver remarks at the Symposium. Senior representatives of the Government of Bangladesh are also expected to participate.
The symposium will serve as a platform for catalyzing follow-on activities to advance women’s entrepreneurship in the region and beyond and build stronger economic ties between South and Central Asia.