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Japan-U.S. Joint Collaboration Event on Women’s Entrepreneurship in Cambodia

March 26, 2015

1. On March 25, 2015, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, JICA and the U.S. Department of States jointly hosted a seminar promoting women’s economic empowerment at the Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Center (CJCC) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Women entrepreneurs and supporting organizations were invited to an interactive half-day seminar focused on cultivating an entrepreneurial mindset for increasing women's economic empowerment in Cambodia. The seminar was held as part of collaboration between Mekong-Japan Cooperation and Friends of the Lower Mekong, and also Japan-U.S. cooperation in Southeast Asia outlined in the joint fact sheet on U.S.-Japan Global and Regional Cooperation issued by President Obama and Prime Minister Abe in April 2014.

2. Approximately 120 Cambodian business owners, aspiring entrepreneurs, and NGO representatives attended the seminar. Mr. Yuji Kumamaru, Japanese Ambassador to Cambodia, Ms. Julie Chung, Charge d’Affairs of the U.S. Embassy in Cambodia, and H.E. Mrs. Chan Sorey, Secretary of State, the Ministry of Women of Cambodia made opening remarks, which is followed by fruitful discussion on Women’s engagement in business in Cambodia.

3. The seminar was also part of the Women’s Entrepreneurial Centers of Resources, Education, Access and Training for Economic Empowerment (WECREATE) initiative promoted by U.S. Department of State, which support women’s capacity building to start and grow their businesses in developing countries, and Japan will continue to cooperate on this initiative.

[Reference 1]

“Fact Sheet: U.S.-Japan Global and Regional Cooperation” (extract)
(It was released when President Barack Obama visited Japan in April this year.)
Cooperating Together with Southeast Asia
“The two countries are also working to further promote cooperation on women’s empowerment in the ASEAN region. In this context, the United States and Japan are working together for the WECREATE Initiative to establish women’s entrepreneurial centers in Cambodia and Laos.”

[Reference 2]
Cambodia Women’s Entrepreneurship Seminar

1. Objectives : Reviewing barriers and challenges to women’s entry into busineses and Sharing best practices to overcome them
2. Schedule : 25 March, 2015
3. Venue : Angkor-Kizuna Hall, Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Center (CJCC), Pnom Penh
4. Language : English or Khmer
5. Co-organizer : Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), U.S. Department of State
6. Target Audiences : Cambodian (potential) entrepreneurs for women, NGO/NPOs, Government officials

[Reference 3]Basic data of the Royal Government of Cambodia
Area: 181,000 km2, Population: 14.7 milion (2013), GNI per capita: 880 (World Bank, 2012)

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