UN official urges more support for women business leaders in Asia-PacificListen /
A senior UN official has called on Asia-Pacific countries to invest more in training women entrepreneurs.
Dr. Noeleen Heyzer head of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) addressed senior policy makers and women business leaders in Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh, on Wednesday.
She gave UN Radio her impressions of what is being done in the country to promote women's empowerment.
"I was very, very pleased that there is a major focus on women's entrepreneurship. And this is one of the attempts to build up the skills of women so that they are not constantly found at the lower unskilled ranks of the production system, but it is actually to invest in their leadership so that they can run their own business, they can produce high quality products that would be able to meet the requirements of a more integrated regional market but also the growing tourist market as well."
ESCAP estimates that limiting women's economic participation could cost Asia-Pacific countries nearly $90 billion a year.