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Women a ‘driving force' for national development

Update: June, 02/2012 - 08:53


Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan says the global financial crisis has provided more opportunities for women to affirm themselves. — VNA/VNS Photo Thong Nhat
ATHENS — Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan hailed the important role played by women in politics, business and across society, saying that women are actively contributing to boosting global economic growth and addressing national and international issues.

Doan made the remark while delivering a speech at the opening ceremony of the 22nd Global Summit of Women (GSW) in Athens, Greece on Thursday.

The summit, themed Women – the Energy of Economic Growth, has drawn the participation of nearly 800 female leaders from 70 countries worldwide.

Doan noted that the global economic-financial crisis has provided more opportunities for women to affirm themselves.

Women should improve their leadership and management capacity and professional standards to operate their businesses effectively as well as actively participate in national programmes, thus making practical contributions to realising sustainable growth objectives, she said.

The Vietnamese Vice President suggested the summit put forth measures to promote the role of women in boosting economic development and international co-operation and empowerment in social affairs.

Regarding Viet Nam's socio-economic situation, Doan said that with the Party and State's policies and their efforts, Vietnamese women have overcome difficulties and made important contributions to the country in all aspects, including State management, production, business, diplomacy, science and technology as well as building happy families.

Women are really a momentum for national development, she said.

Speaking at a press conference before the summit on the same day, Vice President Doan emphasised the importance of the GSW for women throughout the world and affirmed Viet Nam's active contribution to the summit during the past years.

Attending this summit, the Vietnamese delegation wants to share experiences and strengthen connectivity and co-operation with women around the world to boost the role and advancement of women, she said.

A ministerial-level meeting themed "public-private partnership boosts economic opportunities for women" was also held during the summit, which will last until June 2.

On the same day, Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan paid a courtesy visit to Greek President Karolos Papoulias.

She said she hoped that both countries would step up the exchanges of delegations at all levels to enhance bilateral trade and investment, as well as co-operation at the UN and other international forums.

While sympathising with the difficulties and challenges that Greece is facing, Vice President Doan said she believes Greece will soon overcome its economic woes and continue to develop even further.

Greek President Karolos Papoulias praised Viet Nam for its achievements in the past and present and said Greece is willing to work with Viet Nam in every field.

With its potential, resolve and will, Greece is sure to overcome its current difficulties and uphold its role in Europe, said the President.

Earlier, Vice President Doan presided over the Viet Nam-Greece business forum, which had attracted hundreds of business people from both countries.

She said both countries have their own strengths and weaknesses and could supplement each other.

Since 2011 economic and trade ties between the two countries have seen strong growth with Viet Nam's export revenue to Greece increasing by 40 percent, while Greek exports to Viet Nam have quadrupled compared to previous years.

Businesses from both countries should promote co-operation for their mutual development, especially in the maritime sector as well as agriculture, seafood, handicrafts, food processing, garments, tourism, health care, education and training, said Doan.

She also affirmed that Viet Nam will continue to improve its administrative procedures to create a more favourable, open and transparent environment for foreign investors. — VNS

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