ASEAN Women to Meet South Asian Entreps

This week (Nov. 11-14, 2017) is the arrival of many business people from ASEAN for the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit. For the members of the ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs Network (AWEN), they will be meeting not just ASEAN counterparts but South Asian women entrepreneurs as well.

The ladies from FICCI-FLO (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce Inc- FICCI Ladies Organization) led by Vinita Bhimbet will be here with the Indian delegation. The forum of AWEN and FICCI-FLO was formalized last July in New Delhi, India with the ceremonial signing between AWEN Chair Pacita Juan and Vinita Bhimbet, witnessed by Foreign Minister Sushmi Suraj.

Pacita Juan, Sushmi Suraj, and Vinita Bhimbet

The South Asian Women Development Forum (SAWDF) led by Pramila Rijal will also come with their members from Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, Maldives, and Sri Lanka. The SAWDF and AWEN forged an alliance last September in Kathmandu, Nepal where AWEN Co-Chairs Chit Juan and Boots Garcia attended the women’s forum.

ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs Network (AWEN ) Chair Pacita Juan and South Asian Women Development Forum Chair Pramila Rijal connect and agree to collaborate to offer opportunities to women entrepreneurs in both regions, ASEAN and SAARC or South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation. Juan presents a GREAT Women gift to Rijal at the recent International Business Women’s Summit in Kathmandu, Nepal.

The UNESCAP supported the arrival of the delegates who will be here for business meetings and possible partnerships.

Thanks to the support of ASEAN-Business Advisory Council(ASEAN-BAC)’s  Presidential Adviser  Joey Concepcion, Executive Director Gil Gonzales, and ASEAN BAC Women Groups’ Lisa Ibrahim, these meetings will be able to happen at the sidelines of the ABIS 2017.

If you are looking to meet these business women, please get in touch with AWEN through our Secretariat or email You may also leave messages in our Facebook page.


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