Overview

The WIEF Businesswomen Forum, a collaborative forum between WIEF Businesswomen Network and the Gangwon Provincial Government was held at Lakai Sandpine Resort, Gangneung City Korea on 7-9 November 2016.

With the theme “Women and the Creative Economy”, the Forum covered diverse related issues and each session, provided a useful platform for productive discussions among the panelists of the Forum and the Forum participants.

The forum addresses the following 4 major topics for the Panel Discussion sessions:
–Realising Women’s Potential in the Creative Economy
–Creating Unique Blends of Cultural Industry Across Asia
–Challenges and Business Strategies for Women Entrepreneurs in the Halal Industry
–Financing Options for Women Entrepreneurs

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WIEF Businesswomen Forum 2016
Gangneung City, Republic of Korea
8.00 am - 5.00 pm
7 November - 9 November 2016
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WIEF Businesswomen Forum 2016
Gangneung City, Republic of Korea
8.00 am - 5.00 pm
7 November - 9 November 2016

The WIEF Businesswomen Forum, a collaborative forum between WIEF Businesswomen Network and the Gangwon Provincial Government was held at Lakai Sandpine Resort, Gangneung City Korea on 7-9 November 2016.

With the theme “Women and the Creative Economy”, the Forum covered diverse related issues and each session, provided a useful platform for productive discussions among the panelists of the Forum and the Forum participants.

The forum addresses the following 4 major topics for the Panel Discussion sessions:

  • Realising Women’s Potential in the Creative Economy
  • Creating Unique Blends of Cultural Industry Across Asia
  • Challenges and Business Strategies for Women Entrepreneurs in the Halal Industry
  • Financing Options for Women Entrepreneurs

The two-day forum was attended by more than 150 delegates from 15 countries.  (Brunei, Singapore, Pakistan, Bangladesh, UAE, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Spain, Senegal, Sudan, Philippine, Kenya and Thailand).

The Roundtable Business Networking, on day 2, which offers 3 clusters: Creative and cultural industries, Beauty and healthcare industries and Halal industries has attracted 90 entrepreneurs to engage in the networking.

The Forum has received positive feedback from the delegates and there have been many suggestions to make it an annual event.

TUESDAY, 8 NOVEMBER 2016

TimeSessions
8:30AM – 10:00AMREGISTRATION

Arrival of Delegates, Guests and VIPs

10:00AM – 10:50AMOPENING CEREMONY

Opening Remarks
Dato’ Dr Norraesah Mohamed, Chairman, WIEF Businesswomen Network 

Remarks
Han Moo-kyung, Chairman, Korean Women Entrepreneurs Association, Republic of Korea

Welcoming Speech
The Hon. Tun Musa Hitam, Chairman, WIEF Foundation

Keynote Address
H.E Moon-Soon Choi, Governor, Gangwon Province, Republic of Korea

Promotional Videos of Gangwon Province and 2018 Winter Olympics

Special Address
H.R.H. Raja Zarith Sofiah binti Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah, Permaisuri of the State of Johor, Malaysia & Chancellor, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

11:00AM – 12:10PMPANEL DISCUSSION – Realising Women’s Potential in the Creative Economy

Creative industries are those industries that have their origin in individual creativity, skill and talent, and make a significant contribution to the national economy and job creation. Why are creative industries an effective means for empowering women? What are the key success factors for women entrepreneurs in creative industries?  How can the public and private sectors encourage greater participation of women in the creative economy?

Special Remarks
Dr Myungho Lee, Member of the Board of Directors, Korea Association for Futures Studies, Republic of Korea

Speakers
Wacuka Mungai, Director, Global Links Africa, Republic of Kenya 
Fatma Hussain, Chief Human Capital Officer, TECOM Group, United Arab Emirates

Moderator
Jeannie E. Javelosa, Co-Founder, ECHOstore, GREAT Women & ECHOsi Foundation and President, Great Women Philippines Corporation, Republic of the Philippines

12:10PM – 1:10PMLunch/Informal Networking

1:10PM – 1:30PMTrio Musical Performance

1:30PM – 2:40PMPANEL DISCUSSION – Creating Unique Blends of Cultural Industry Across Asia

Cultural industries are a growing and significant part of the global economy. It offers great potential for investments, knowledge transfer as well as foster entrepreneurship. How does culture contribute to economic growth and job creation? What are some of the strategies toexpand the growth of thecultural industries? How can cultural industries across Asia create a unique blend? What are the policies and programmes that could help vitalise cultural exchanges?

Special Remarks
HRE Dr. Mom Luan Rajadarasri Jayankura, Chairwoman, ASEAN Affairs Business Council & India Business Bridge and Founder, Harrow International School, Thailand

Speakers
Eliana Putri Antonio, CEO & Founder of E.P.A Jewelry, Indonesia
Aissa Dione, Founder, Dione Fabric Company, Senegal
Choi Hee-kyung, Secretary-General, IWFF, Republic of Korea

Moderator
Dr Shahina Waheed, National Project Coordinator, Global Cleantech Innovation Programme Pakistan (GCIP), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Islamic Republic of Pakistan

2:40PM – 3:50PMPANEL DISCUSSION – Challenges and Business Strategies for Women Entrepreneurs in the Halal Industry

The global halal economy was valued at USD3.2tn in 2012 and forecasted to double to USD6.4tn by 2018. What are the dynamics of the Halal Industries? What are the key challenges faced by women entrepreneurs in the industry and how can they be overcome? What are the business strategies that could be adopted by women entrepreneurs to advance in Halal industries? What are the strategies to help expand the demand in Halal tourism?

Speakers
Attiya Nawazish Ali, Assistant Secretary General, Islamic Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture, Pakistan
Mariam Isabel Romero Arias, Chief Executive Officer, Halal Institute of Spain, Kingdom of Spain
Shin Hyun-Ju, Manager, Regulatory Planning & Strategy, Deasang, Republic of Korea

Moderator
Amnah Shaari, Chief Executive Officer, Serunai Commerce Sdn Bhd, Malaysia & Founder, Global Halal Data Pool, Malaysia

3:50PM – 5:00PMPANEL DISCUSSION – Financing Options for Women Entrepreneurs

Women business owners continue to face unique challenges when seeking financing. Small business loan approval rates are lower for women-owned companies than they are for businesses owned by men. Additionally, revenue and credit scores are lower and operating costs are higher for women. Despite these challenges, the number of businesses owned by women continues to grow. What are the financial challenges and obstacles faced by women entrepreneurs?What are the traditional and other alternative financing options available for women entrepreneurs?

Speakers
Dr YoungBae Moon, Head, Credit Bureau Research Institute, NICE Information Service, Republic of Korea 
Rokia Afzal Rahman, Chair, MIDAS Financing Limited, People’s Republic of Bangladesh 
Degan Ali, Executive Director, Adeso Africa, Republic of Kenya

Moderator
Dato’ Dr Norraesah Mohamed, Chairman, WIEF Businesswomen Network and Executive Chairman, MyEG Services Berhad, Malaysia

6:30PM – 8:30PMGala Dinner Welcoming Remarks Korean Traditional Performance Dinner

10:20AM – 5:00PMSME Exhibition

WEDNESDAY, 9 NOVEMBER 2016

TimeSessions
9:30AM – 11:30AMRoundtable Business Networking (RBN)

The RBN is developed to encourage greater business networking opportunities for Forum participants. The RBN brings together like-minded individuals to get to know each other in an informal setting and resume discussion on business opportunities

Clusters:

Cultural and Creative Industries
Facilitator: Dr Shahina Waheed, National Project Coordinator, Global Cleantech Innovation Programme Pakistan (GCIP), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Halal Industries
Facilitator: Attiya Nawazish Ali, Assistant Secretary General, Islamic Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (ICCIA), Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Beauty and Healthcare Industries
Facilitator: Rokia Afzal Rahman, Chair, MIDAS Financing Limited, People’s Republic of Bangladesh

12:00PM – 1:00PMFarewell Lunch / Informal Networking

1:00PM – 5:00PMExperiencing Korean Traditions and Tour

  • Gangneung Seongyojang (Korea Traditional Cultural Experience) Seongyojang House is the former upper class residence of the Naebeon Lee, a noble family of Gangneung City. It is said that 10 generations of the Naebeon Lees have continued to live at Seongyojang
  • Gangneung Science & Industry Promotional Agency

(Optional – For foreign participants only)

9:00AM – 2:00PMSME Exhibition