Asian Entrepreneurship for SME, Youth and Women. The first South Asia Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium (SAWES) in Dhaka to enhance regional economic integration and advance economic growth, peace, and stability through women’s economic empowerment. The event brought together 120 women from across South and Central Asia and has been a platform for catalyzing follow-on activities to advance women’s entrepreneurship in the region. SAWES has hosted two exposure visits so far to Sri Lanka and India, each time bringing together women entrepreneurs from the region to share experiences and achievements, challenges they face as women entrepreneurs. Visit also here, to read about Asian Small Business, Micro & SMEs where there are more interesting Asian small business related information.

South Asia Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium (SAWES)

 Asia Women Entrepreneurs sawes.orgSince SAWES began a few years ago, its network has grown to 23,000 people on Facebook, and includes members from organizations working on women’s economic empowerment and federations of women entrepreneurs across South Asia. They regularly engage in exposure tours, workshops, webinars, and provide financial support for innovative ways to advance women’s entrepreneurship in each of the five countries. New SAWES Website: https://www.sawes.org. The objective of developing the portal is to advance women’s entrepreneurship, networking and information sharing for women entrepreneurs, and to promote market linkages between women entrepreneurs across South Asia and beyond. This portal is made possible by support from The Asia Foundation and the U.S. Department of State.

Encourage Asian women entrepreneurship and youth experimentation

encourage-asian-women-entrepreneurship-and-youth-experimentationGovernments as Catalyst for Asian Entrepreneurship. Making more credit available to women, youth, micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) is a necessary condition to encourage women entrepreneurship and youth experimentation in new types of business venture. Bringing down the cost of banking, making funds more available and extending services to rural areas, perhaps through mobile phone technology, are among the options that could be pursued. Currently there are very few women in the top rung of IT companies but given that with imagination possibilities can become limitless, it is essential to encourage more women to join the IT field. It is essential to break the myth that it is impossible for women to make a career in IT.

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