Training and promoting the ecosystem to develop women entrepreneurs
According to the Enterprise Development Department, Ministry of Planning and Investment, women-owned small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) play an important role in creating jobs and incomes for workers, reducing poverty and promoting economic growth. promote economic growth.
According to preliminary statistics, currently the number of enterprises owned by women accounts for about 24-25% of the total number of enterprises in the country.
The business lines of women-owned enterprises are most concentrated in the wholesale and retail service industries, accounting for about 75%, the processing and manufacturing industry 14.6%; science and technology 7.3%.
Around the world, promoting gender equality and women's empowerment has been included in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development of the United Nations as well as the agenda of many international organizations, including: United Nations Agency for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UN Women), Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), Socio-Economic Commission Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and many other international organizations.
In Vietnam, this is also an important policy orientation of the State.
On March 3, 2021, the Government issued the National Strategy on Gender Equality for the 2021-2030 period, striving for the ratio of female directors/business owners and cooperatives to reach at least 27% by 2025 and 30% by 2030.
To realize the goal of promoting gender equality and empowering women as female entrepreneurs and women-owned businesses, the Law on Supporting SMEs (2017) has stipulated the principle of giving priority to support for women-owned SMEs. owners and businesses that employ a lot of female workers. Project 939 Supporting women to start a business in the period 2017-2025 has set the goal of consulting and supporting women to start a business.
Speaking at the training session, Ms. Trinh Thi Huong, Enterprise Development Department emphasized: The implementation of the Law on Supporting SMEs and a number of priority policies to support the group of women-owned SMEs has contributed to Actively encourage female enterprises to promote production, innovate and improve technology, improve product quality, increase product value, thereby improving competitiveness and expanding consumption markets. contribute to promoting socio-economic development in the locality.
On the other hand, giving women-owned SMEs a positive view on the effectiveness of the State's support for female-owned enterprises.
The organizational system to support enterprises, including female-owned enterprises, has gradually improved, forming a network of industrial promotion, officials of departments, agencies, collaborators at all levels, including a network of officials of the Vietnam Women's Union at all levels.
“However, the implementation of policies is still limited, women-owned enterprises have not been able to fully access support policies in recent years; Meanwhile, the pressure of international competition, the industrial revolution 4.0, the digital economy and the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic are having a strong impact on production and business activities in general and women-owned SMEs. in particular,” Ms. Huong said.
Ms. Trinh Thi Huong, Enterprise Development Department speaking at the opening of the training session. (Photo by: Ha Anh).
As an advisory body for the leaders of the Ministry and the Government on supporting SMEs, including female-owned enterprises, the Department of Business Development has presided over and closely coordinated with ministries, branches and localities. Local governments, business associations and international organizations such as ESCAP, UNWomen, and ADB have implemented many activities that lay the foundation for building and promoting the Vietnam Women Entrepreneurs Development Ecosystem, and mainstreaming gender in develop and implement policies to support SMEs.
Within the framework of the 2022 operation of the project "Developing Women Entrepreneurs: Creating a Gender-Responsive Business Ecosystem", the Business Development Department and the Asia and Pacific Economic and Social Commission cooperated with the Vietnam Women's Union, organized a training course for the staff of the Women's Union at all levels and stakeholders on "Training to develop a framework for monitoring and evaluating the implementation of the Law on Enterprise Support". small and medium-sized businesses, with a focus on female entrepreneurs.”
Through this training course, Ms. Huong expressed her expectation that the trainees would be equipped with knowledge on monitoring skills, know how to build toolkits, collect information and analyze monitoring data, and apply knowledge gained in practice in performing the task of supervising the implementation of the Law on Support for SMEs, especially a number of priority policies to support the group of women-owned SMEs in the course of their work.
“I hope that through this training course, we will have effective and appropriate sets of management, monitoring and evaluation tools for each level of management, helping to evaluate and review efforts to support entrepreneurs. Women in recent years have co-supported capacity building and skills development for the Women's Union staff at all levels and stakeholders, supporting the promotion of the development ecosystem of Vietnamese women entrepreneurs and enhancing their capacity. competitiveness for women-led SMEs in the new situation," Ms. Huong emphasized.