Nyaung Shwe, Shan State, Myanmar, March 8,
2018—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, in partnership with the
UK and Australian governments, launched today the Inle Professional Women’s
Network (IPNET), an initiative to support women’s businesses in the Inle
Today’s event coincided with International Women’s Day, which celebrates
women’s achievements globally, and brought together more than 200 participants
including government officials, industry leaders, private sector representatives,
and women from Inle Lake villages and communities.
IPNET, which held its first meeting in October
2017, aims to build a united community of successful business women in
the Inle region, help educate and empower women as individuals and leaders,
and build supportive professional relationships.
“When you invest in empowering women, the
entire community benefits. The launch of IPNET demonstrates our commitment
to the growth of tourism and business women in the Inle region,” said
Vikram Kumar, IFC Country Manager for Myanmar.
In 2018 IPNET will organize monthly workshops
and skills development and networking events around Inle on topics such
as financial literacy, women’s leadership, health, and waste management.
Aunty Ann, Chairwoman of IPNET, notes that
“the strength of IPNET is the power of its women” and that it can also
play a key role in supporting women in some of the poorer communities around
IPNET’s launch showcased the diversity of
skills and talents of women in the region and included a panel discussion
on the role of women in business. IPNET members also performed a song written
to celebrate the strength and unity of the network.
Guest speakers included Dr. Tun Hlaing, Inn Ethnic Affairs Minister of
Shan State; Yin Myo Su (Misuu), Managing Director of the Inle Princess
Group; Cho Pyone Kyaw from IPNET, and Kay Thi Win Aung. Opening speeches
were also given by Liz Patterson from UK’s Department for International
Development (DFID); Khin Thida Maw, IFC Myanmar Country Officer; and U
Saw Tun Oo, Assistant Director of Myanmar’s General Administration Department
in Nyaung Shwe Township.
IFC’s sustainable tourism project is implemented in partnership with DFID
and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The program
aims to help develop and promote the economic growth and sustainable development
of Myanmar’s top tourist destinations.
IFC, a sister organization of the World Bank and member of the World Bank
Group, is the largest global development institution focused on the private
sector in emerging markets. Working with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide,
we use our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities
in the toughest areas of the world. In FY17, we delivered a record $19.3
billion in long-term financing for developing countries, leveraging the
power of the private sector to help end poverty and boost shared prosperity.
For more information, visit www.ifc.org