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Women in business symposium 11-12 October 2016

Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Women in Business Symposium:
Implementing the Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs)
Jakarta, Indonesia
11-12 October 2016 

The Australian Government, in partnership with the IORA Secretariat and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, would like to respectfully invite you to a women's economic empowerment event, the IORA Women in Business Symposium. 

The Track Two event will take place at Borobudur Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia, on the 11th and 12th of August 2016. Participants will be invited to discuss the role of the corporate sector in supporting the economic empowerment of women in the region.  This event seeks business participants from Member States and Dialogue Partners representing national chambers of commerce and the private sector. 

IORA has committed to women's empowerment as a cross-cutting issue, recognising that raising the participation of women in all parts of the economy can significantly improve economic growth. Business plays a significant role in fostering women's participation in the labour market and exercising responsible business practices. By recruiting and promoting women, and sourcing from women-owned enterprises, the corporate sector can expand its pool of talent and innovation, and enlarge its supplier base. 

The IORA Women in Business Symposium will showcase good practices and scalable solutions related to women's employment and entrepreneurship. With a focus on the Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs), participants will be invited to discuss the influence of the WEPs in business, and to explore ways in which they can be best implemented. Participants will also consider the role that IORA can play in advancing gender equality and women's empowerment in the corporate world, and the benefits that this stands to provide to the region's economies. 

The event will be a precursor to the IORA Business Forum on the 13th of October and the 31st Trade Expo Indonesia on the 14th of October. We welcome participants from Member States and Dialogue Partners who wish to be further engaged in this discussion and in supporting women in business in the IOR region. 

Please join us in Indonesia for this event. 

Concept Note

Tentative Agenda

Administrative Note

WEPs CEO Statement of Support