Empowering Women Across the ASEAN Region


ABAC Highlights the Need to Empower Women across the ASEAN Region


An ABAC forum was held at the Dusit Thani Hotel on February 20th, 2017. The forum focused on the need to empower women across the ASEAN region to pursue financial services, jobs, skills development and education in order to further their countries economic development.

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Mrs. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, the Minister of Tourism & Sports in Thailand, gave an extremely impassioned and eloquent speech about how vital it was to get women involved in their country’s development.

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Mrs. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul addresses the meeting delegates.
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Using the Power of Women

A country’s future economic development relies on its ability to utilize all of the resources at its disposal. By enabling the women of the country to take an active role in business, education, the digital world and other areas of needed development, a country is being pro-active and using its available resources to the fullest.

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Mrs Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul is a driving force behind the issue of women’s empowerment in the ASEAN region.

Giving women an opportunity to utilize financial services, set up businesses and pursue educational resources is setting the country on the path to a more economically stable, viable and prosperous future. Women tend to look toward the future generation’s well-being and spend more of their income on providing for their children.

This directly translates to future financial planning and economic stability for the country as a whole. By encouraging women to have a larger say in their country’s economic future, they are providing a necessary safety net for the country’s future generations.

Economic Growth Benefits Tourism

With every country in competition for tourism, it’s imperative that each country demonstrates the ability to provide for the tourist’s wants and needs. This means having the infrastructure in place to effectively deal with the transportation, health care, safety and accommodation needs of tourism.

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The distinguished panel that tackled the issue of women’s empowerment in the ASEAN region. From left to right, Dr.Kessara Thanyalakpark, Ms.Diane Wang, Mr.Isara Vongkusolkit, Mrs.Kobkarn Suriyasat Wattanarangkul, Khunying Chamnongsri Hanchanlash, Assic.Prof.Sauwanee Thairungroj, Mr. Goan Van Dung

Having a healthy economy makes the provision of this infrastructure much easier and that, in turn, becomes more attractive to a tourist having to decide on which country to visit.

By empowering women to take a greater role in every ASEAN country’s economic structure, the countries will enable their own economic stability for the future. As a result, this empowerment will benefit all aspects of a country, including tourism.

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The luncheon meeting led to many lively discussions.

Empowering women brightens the outlook for any countries future by utilizing all of the resources it has and focusing them on the job of developing the country to its maximum potential.

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