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Myanmar Women Seek Business and Leadership Development

The Australia-Myanmar Chamber of Commerce (A-MCC) and the Myanmar Women’s Entrepreneurs Association (MWEA) jointly organized first “Women in Business and Leadership Development Gala Dinner and Conference” on May 13 and 14 at the Park Royal Hotel. Over 400 invited guests attended the event to hear from an amazing range of speakers. The event brought together leading business women and men from Australia and Myanmar to share knowledge, expertise, and personal stories that inspire and empower aspiring women entrepreneurs and leaders. KBZ Bank, Cardno, Marga, Mercedes-Benz, Olay and also the Australian Embassy sponsored the conference.

At this critical stage in Myanmar’s transformation, women can be on the forefront of positive change and contribute significantly to long-term economic development. Supporting and empowering women in business globally makes good economic sense. As the fastest growing economy in the world, opportunities for women in business in Myanmar are expanding rapidly,” says Verity Lomax, Chief Executive Officer of the A-MCC. “Women’s participation and voice in Myanmar’s transition can not only fuel economic growth, but accelerate momentum of development in every sector which enables the nation to attain its goals faster” she added. The Women in Business & Leadership Development Conference serves as a platform to discuss the important role that women play in business in Myanmar. More than 300 people have registered for the conference on the 14th. Prior to the public conference, AMCC hosted a Gala Dinner on May 13. Australian Ambassador to Myanmar H.E. Nicholas Coppel launched the event, along with executives from KBZ Group of Companies, Hilton, Wave Money and AYA Bank who took part in a panel discussion on ‘The Business Case for Gender Equality’. The Gala Dinner also featured a special screening of the Academy Award-nominated documentary Girl Rising.

Australia government was the first in the world to lift the sanctions on Myanmar and A-MCC is committed to make a positive contribution to the growth of Myanmar. The Chamber currently has a membership of almost 90 Australian and Myanmar companies across a diverse range of industries.