The China Association of Women Entrepreneurs held its annual work conference on March 22 in Beijing.
Over 300 businesswomen gathered at the session, which took "Innovation, development and joint efforts to embrace the future" as its theme.
At the event, outstanding association members received awards in honor of their achievements over the past year.
Later, the association's executive vice-director Jiang Hua issued a work report, followed by another report on Chinese women entrepreneurs' development.
Organizers invited several experts to give lectures on China's economic policies and situation analysis. Speakers at the meeting included Xu Xianchun, vice-director of National Bureau of Statistics of China; Wang Yiming, vice-director of Development Research Center of the State Council; and Li Mingxing, vice-president of the China Enterprise Confederation.
Other officials in attendance included Yang Liu, member of the Secretariat of the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF); Cui Weiyan, director of the ACWF's Department for Women's Development; and Fang Chang'an, deputy director of the Party Building Work Bureau from the Industry Association and Chamber of Commerce under the Sate-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council.
Remarks from Yang Liu
In the past year, the association has shed a spotlight on enterprise innovation and transformation under China's "new normal" economic situation, Yang said.
To support such initiatives, the association has played an active role in carrying out “resource integration” and building a platform to provide effective services, she added.
Yang encouraged members to fully study President Xi Jinping's keynote remarks; play a greater role in the nation's economic development; and, carry out various types of economic and trade cooperation in both the domestic and global markets.
Female entrepreneurs will face new challenges and opportunities in 2017, Yang said, since the timing period implies the work of deepening the nation's 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-2020); promoting supply-side structural reform; and, embracing the future success of the 19th Communist Party of China National Congress, which will be held later this year.
Yang also encouraged attendees to follow the nation's policies, promote economic development, and map out a plan for companies in accordance to the nation's strategic blueprint.
To achieve business success under the "new normal" situation, entrepreneurs should increase their knowledge and develop strategic thinking, Yang pointed out.
Moreover, Yang hoped that businesswomen nationwide can cultivate companies' innovative spirit in relation to people's well-being.
Such entrepreneurship and social responsibility will involve more women to play their role of "holding up half the sky" in promoting startups, reform, and economic transformation, Yang concluded.
(Source: China Women's News/Translated and edited by Women of China)