Joint US - Japan Press Release: First APEC Women's Entrepreneurship Summit

As the APEC Chairs in 2010 and 2011 respectively, Japan and the United States are planning to move forward with new cooperative projects within APEC that focus on women's empowerment.

While working to develop a Growth Strategy for the Asia-Pacific region as a whole, both economies recognize that creating opportunities for women and fostering their entrepreneurial spirit are also critically important policy issues. In an effort to unleash the potential of the Asia-Pacific region's women entrepreneurs, Japan and the United States are jointly hosting APEC's first Women's Entrepreneurship Summit. The Summit is a direct follow-up of the March 2010 United States-Japan Joint Statement in support of broader APEC outcomes.

The Women's Entrepreneurship Summit will be held jointly with JETRO on October 1st, in conjunction with APEC's 17th Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Ministerial Meeting on October 2nd and 3rd, also in Gifu City. Women entrepreneurs from APEC's 21 member economies will be invited to participate. A total of around 350 people, including 150 women entrepreneurs from Japan and abroad will discuss networking and share their knowledge and experience on ways to establish and grow their businesses. Following the day-long Summit, the Governments of Japan and the United States will issue a policy statement summarizing the conclusions.