NATALIA STRIGUNOVA COMMENTING PREPARATION FOR THE EWF
On December 6, there was a meeting of Valentina Matvienko, Chairperson of the Federation Council, with women entrepreneurs implementing export-oriented projects. It took place as part of the preparation for the Second Eurasian Women’s Forum. After the meeting, journalists of the Eurasian Women’s Community interviewed Natalia Strigunova, Deputy Director of Asia and Africa Department in the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation. Natalia said that much attention was paid to promotion of women entrepreneurs’ interests and support of women’s entrepreneurship at different international platforms.
One of the large projects by the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation and the Committee for Development of Women’s Entrepreneurship of OPORA RUSSIA was holding a contest of women’s business projects APEC BEST AWARD in terms of the annual APEC Forum ‘Women and Economy’. Its participants have a chance to expand the circle of their business communication, exchange experience and best practices of economic expansion to Asia Pacific markets, and find potential partners and investors. By the way, Natalia Larchenko, a woman entrepreneur from St. Petersburg and founder of the brand of Russian designer jewelry, accessories and gifts ‘Matryoshka’, was the one who won one of the contest’s nominations.
“In addition, together with Anna Nesterova, founder of a Russian cross-border electronic trade platform Global Rus Trade, we took the initiative to establish BRIСS Women`s Business Club. We expect it will have five most successful and authoritative women entrepreneurs as members from Russia”, she said. Natalia Strigunova expressed her hope that the Federation Council would support BRIСS Women`s Business Club in its institutionalization.
According to the speaker, the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation actively promotes the topic of supporting women’s entrepreneurship to be discussed in many international organisations. For example, last week there was an international conference in Rostov-on-Don. The session of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization (BSEC) as its part included the discussion dedicated to ways of addressing this topic together with countries of the Black Sea region.
Moreover, as said by Natalia Strigunova, the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation has already started active preparation for the Second Eurasian Women’s Forum. Thus, the programme of the upcoming Forum is to include session of BRICS countries in the format of a public-private dialogue and the first session of BRIСS Women`s Business Club.
According to Natalia Strigunova, the upcoming Forum will become the most important event. The first results of working on women’s empowerment, including implementation of the Russian National Strategy for Women 2017-2022, will be estimated at the Forum. Doing that will allow to work out further measures to address the issue mentioned.
“I wish all women to believe in themselves. Never be afraid of moving forward. Use all opportunities and resources you have. We will support and assist you”, she finished.
Viktoria Yezhova, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community
Translated by Nikolay Gavrilov