Published: Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Businesswomen invited to join global event in India

The three-day exhibition starts on Nov 19

The Commonwealth Business Council has invited Bangladeshi business women to join a mega ‘buyers and sellers’ meeting in November in New Delhi.
The meeting would be a $700 billion business opportunity for women-owned businesses, said Arif Zaman, the council’s adviser for South Asia.
He said they want Bangladesh’s business women join the meeting who did not attend two such meetings earlier held in China and Mexico.
Zaman spoke at a press beefing at Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka yesterday.
The three-day event — Women vendors’ exhibition and forum — is scheduled to start on November 19.
The global event provides buyers and sellers in select sectors with the opportunity to explore business partnerships, build skills and engage with dynamic public and private sector leaders from around the world.
There are more than 200 million women entrepreneurs worldwide and women are earning more than $10 trillion yearly which is expected to grow by 5 trillion over the next several years, said Freda Miriklis, president of International Federation of Business and Professional Women.
Freda also spoke about some of the issues at the conference that were discussed in her keynote address at the second day of the 10th Women’s Affairs Ministers Meeting beginning on Monday in the same hotel.
β€œIn many developing countries, women’s incomes are now growing faster then men’s.”
The women are the next emerging growth market that the governments and companies can no longer ignore, Freda said.
She said there is no question that women are having a profound effect on global business and increasingly are poised to take their place in the economic mainstream over the next decade, not as mothers, wives or caregivers but as producers, consumers, employees, entrepreneurs and investors.
There are 27 country delegations attending the Women’s Affair Ministers Meeting from all regions of the commonwealth.