Next Stop Asia-Pacific!

Next Stop Asia-Pacific!

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The Commonwealth Businesswomen’s Network (CBW) is the only organisation accredited to and recognised by 53 Governments working on women’s economic empowerment. It is a membership organisation working to encourage, enable and embed women’s economic empowerment through delivering activities, initiatives, products and services focused on trade, talent and training. A strategic partner to the Commonwealth Enterprise & Investment Council (CWEIC), through almost eight Regional Partners, it connects to a community of 60,000 women in business across five continents.

Exactly three months before the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta, the Commonwealth Businesswomen’s Network (CBW) now launches in Asia-Pacific in an event with the RSA Australia and New Zealand, following successful launches in Europe and Africa this year. The launch will be at Deakin University Building, 550 Bourke Street on 19th August.

Mark Strachan, RSA Australia and New Zealand said “Significant changes abound in the Asia- Pacific Century. Through the increasing global connections facilitated and accelerated by technology and flows of trade, people, capital and data, women will increasingly be the drivers of innovation and entrepreneurship that will bring about positive global change. CBW provides an invaluable platform to empower women by providing the tools, opportunities and support necessary to ensure the growth and global reach of women.”

Arif Zaman, Executive Director of the Commonwealth Businesswomen’s Network (CBW) said: ‘We are delighted to be launching the Commonwealth Businesswomen’s Network (CBW) Asia- Pacific in Melbourne where more languages are spoken than there are countries in the world and with live links to PNG and India. We need to build companies that are sustainable, international and focused on growth and we invite companies, governments and businesswomen to work with us to support women in business to grow so that individuals, communities and economies can benefit.’

Immediately following the launch, Scott Phillips, RSA Australia and New Zealand, will facilitate a “Conversation with Bite” to discuss at how people’s strategic ideas can be turned into action. It will focus on how women can contribute to building the capacity of the Asia-Pacific region in creating and growing 21st century markets driven by the skillsets derived from Science, Technology, Engineering, ARTS and Technology (STEAM).’

The launch will be attended by CBW members, RSA Fellows, High Commissions, the Deputy Lord Mayor Susan Riley, Government officials and invited guests.

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