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Emerging Lessons on Women’s Entrepreneurship in the Asia-Pacific

Event: Thursday, October 18, 2018

9:30 am – 11:00 am
Choate Room, 1st Floor, 1779 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Women’s entrepreneurship is increasingly understood to be a key driver of economic growth and job creation: an estimated $4.5 trillion could be added to Asia and the Pacific’s GDP by 2025 by closing the gender disparities in economic opportunities. Widely recognized as a key component of women’s economic empowerment, entrepreneurship has the potential to contribute significantly to advancing women’s rights, opportunities and influence.

Join us for the release of a new publication, Emerging Lessons on Women’s Entrepreneurship in Asia and the Pacific: Case Studies from the Asian Development Bank and The Asia Foundation. A joint undertaking between the Asian Development Bank and The Asia Foundation, the new report provides a unique assessment of the current situation of women’s entrepreneurship in the region and includes key recommendations for contributing to an enabling environment for women entrepreneurs. The expert panel will reflect on the report findings and go beyond to explore the most pressing challenges women entrepreneurs face in Asia and the Pacific today; proven strategies for addressing gaps; and how organizations, governments, donors, and the private sector can help women-owned businesses to prosper.


Priya Basu, head, Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) Secretariat, World Bank Group

Kate Francis, co-author of Emerging Lessons on Women’s Entrepreneurship in Asia and the Pacific

Amarzaya Naran, former project manager, Women’s Business Center and Incubator, The Asia Foundation Mongolia


Jane Sloane, director, Women’s Empowerment Program, The Asia Foundation

Introductory Remarks

Bart Édes, representative, Asian Development Bank, North American Representative Office

Please email us at [email protected] or call 202-588-9420 to RSVP for this event.

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