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9TH WLN MEETING

“WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS: SYNERGY OF DIVERSITY. 9 YEARS OF THE WLN”

September 28th - 1, October 2004

 

27-28 September

Arrival of delegates

28 September

All day    Arrival of delegates

Afternoon     Meeting of Speakers/facilitators and Chair.

-         Coordination of next days activities

-         Operational aspects

Meeting of focal points and other delegates to discuss:

-         WLN internal and operational matters

-         Overview of the meeting

-         Expected outcomes

-         Draft statement

Evening Welcome reception

29 September

Morning

8:00-9:00     Work breakfast for Focal Points and other delegates:

-         Preliminary evaluation of WLN

-         Challenges of WLN

-         Future of WLN

8:30-9:00      Registration and accreditation

9:00-10:30  Assessment of the 9 years of the WLN (Plenary)

1)    Overview of the background of WLN. Initial role, aims and spirit. Changes faced on the 9 years. History of relations with APEC

2)    WLN Evaluation Report. Influence of WLN within APEC fora and groups. Advances in accomplishment of WLN objectives.

3)    Future challenges of WLN and in integrating women in APEC. SME Coordination Framework, the relevance to get WLN included.

4)   Analysis and discussion of the evaluation    

10:30-11:00    Coffee Break

11:00-13:00    Official Opening:

-         Dignitaries

-         Past WLN Chair

-         Present WLN Chair: Indications on themes, processes, expected outcomes, etc.

Afternoon

13:00-14:30   Lunch

14:30-16:00   Experiencing Diversity (Plenary)

-         Women entrepreneurs needs and barriers

-         Microenterprises

16:00-16:30    Coffee Break

16:30-18:00    Concurrent Workshops

§         Barriers that hinder female entrepreneurship

§       Women insertion in internal and external markets.

§         Women microentrepreneurs’ specific needs

§         Mechanisms to foster microenterprise development (networking, best practices, financing, and others).

18:00-...     Tourist activities

Evening

19:00-20:00 Meeting of Focal Points

-         Drafting Statement

-         Condensing recommendations

-         WLN Internal Business

20:00-...      Event at Pisco Capel

30 September

Morning

8:00-9:00      Business matching breakfast

9:00-10:30    Sharing Diversity (Plenary)

1)   Report of workshops main outcomes

2)  Effects of international trade agreements on women’s enterprises   (as NAFTA and others)

10:30-10:45  Coffee Break

10:45-13:00 Concurrent working sessions

§         4-5 Workshops (open for inscriptions) with presentation of Best Practices on areas such as: networking,  public/private association,  microcredit and risk capital, managerial skills, marketing, quality standards, and others.

Afternoon

13:30-14:30 Lunch

14:30-15:30 Commitment with development (Plenary)

1)    Building a commitment with development through trade

2)    Skills for the new challenges (presentation that includes analysis of different needs from education such as: English as a working language, information technology, training and management, regulations, and others)

15:30-17:00 Concurrent Working Sessions on Skills for the new challenges.

The working sessions will draw on proposals of how APEC economies can contribute to women’s acquiring the skills they might need for the new challenges as well as recommendations to the economies and APEC to work for this processes to happen.

17:00-...       Tourism

Evening

21:00-...       Official Dinner

22:30-...       Focal Points meeting:

-         Drafting session

-         Future issues and recommendations

1 October

Morning

8:00-8:30      Breakfast

8:30-11:30   Plenary

1)    Meeting Conclusions

2)    Statement and recommendations

11:30-12:00  Coffee Break

12:00-13:00 Closing ceremony

-         Key Note speakers

-         Handover to Korea

 

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