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Commonwealth Business Women - BPW International Leadership Summit

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Commonwealth Business Women - BPW International Leadership Summit

  1. 1. 5th Annual BPW Leadership Summit New York, 01-02 March 2013 CBW Commonwealth BusinesswomenArif Zaman, Commonwealth Business Council Commonwealth Business Women (CBW) Strengthening the Commonwealth. Building Businesses. Advancing Women. 54 Countries. One Platform.
  2. 2. agenda• Commonwealth - key points and context• CBC, partners and engagement• objectives and priorities – 5 Ps and 3 focal areas• structure, support and CBW National/Regional Leadership Groups – (a) Canada (b) Caribbean and (c) Uganda and Africa• 10th Commonwealth Women Affairs Ministerial Meeting, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 17-19 June (theme: ‘Women’s Leadership for Enterprise’)• next steps Commonwealth Business Women (CBW) Strengthening the Commonwealth. Building Businesses. Advancing Women. 54 Countries. One Platform.
  3. 3. Commonwealth - key points and context• 54 countries, 6 continents and a third of the world’s population - 2 billion people – and at least a billion women, many under 35• half of the Commonwealth’s citizens are under 30 years of age• 20% of world trade• the largest economies/populations: Australia, Pakistan, Canada, Kenya, India, Malaysia, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Singapore, South Africa, UK• includes eight French-speaking countries - Cameroon, Canada, Dominica, Mauritius, Rwanda, St Lucia, Seychelles, Vanuatu and Portuguese-speaking Mozambique• advantages of commonalities in language, education, professional training and legal and financial institutions still remain and estimated to add up to a 15% cost advantage over business with countries outside the Commonwealth Commonwealth Business Women (CBW) Strengthening the Commonwealth. Building Businesses. Advancing Women. 54 Countries. One Platform.
  4. 4. Commonwealth - key points and context• 32 members of the Commonwealth are small states and 25 are small island states• for countries overly reliant on a traditional and narrow group of countries for trade and investment, the Commonwealth provides an opportunity to diversify and/or tap a number of key emerging markets in Asia, Africa and elsewhere; NB third market opportunities• Commonwealth Business Council: 100 companies across 30 countries (including eg. from the US and France), established as an outcome of CHOGM (1997)• Commonwealth Secretariat: intergovernmental organisation Commonwealth Business Women (CBW) Strengthening the Commonwealth. Building Businesses. Advancing Women. 54 Countries. One Platform.
  5. 5. CBC, partners and engagement• Post Finland Congress discussions at suggestion of Pakistan BPW• CBC• BPWI• British Association of Women Entrepreneurs (BAWE)• engagement: 30 countries in 20 months Commonwealth Business Women (CBW) Strengthening the Commonwealth. Building Businesses. Advancing Women. 54 Countries. One Platform.
  6. 6. objectives – the 5 Ps• Potential• Progression• Platform• Procurement• Policy Strengthening the Commonwealth. Building Businesses. Advancing Women. 54 Countries. One Platform. Commonwealth Business Women (CBW) Strengthening the Commonwealth. Building Businesses. Advancing Women. 54 Countries. One Platform.
  7. 7. CBW - a holistic, coherent and mutually supportive approach
  8. 8. structurein positive discussions with private sector, foundationsand governments regarding support for implementation Commonwealth Business Women (CBW) Strengthening the Commonwealth. Building Businesses. Advancing Women. 54 Countries. One Platform.
  9. 9. Esther EghobamienDirector, Social Transformation ProgrammesDivision, Commonwealth Secretariat10th Women Affairs Ministerial Meeting, Dhaka,Bangladesh, 17-19 June(theme: ‘Women’s Leadership for Enterprise’) Commonwealth Business Women (CBW) Strengthening the Commonwealth. Building Businesses. Advancing Women. 54 Countries. One Platform.
  10. 10. Next steps1. Commonwealth: engage Women Affairs Ministers now-June: what? who? how?2. Commonwealth: Canada, Caribbean and Uganda / Africa CBW Leadership Groups3. All: invitations to CBW sessions in key meetings involving senior policy-makers and companies in next 9 months – Uganda (11-12 April) – Dhaka, Bangladesh (17-19 June) – Colombo, Sri Lanka (12-15 November) Commonwealth Business Women (CBW) Strengthening the Commonwealth. Building Businesses. Advancing Women. 54 Countries. One Platform.
  11. 11. Arif ZamanAdviser, South Asia and Corporate Governance and Chair of Commonwealth Business WomenCommonwealth Business Council18 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5LU, UKT: + 44 (0)7956 456335E: arif.zaman@cbcglobal.org Commonwealth Business Women (CBW) Strengthening the Commonwealth. Building Businesses. Advancing Women. 54 Countries. One Platform.

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