Asia Pacific Social Enterprise Summit bolsters promotion of public well-being

Seven major topics related to the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals are the focus of the event

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(MOEA photo)

(MOEA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- The Asia Pacific Social Enterprise Summit wrapped up on May 12 in Taiwan’s southern city of Kaohsiung, “bolstering regional cooperation in using innovative commercial strategies and technologies to promote public well-being,” Taiwan Today reported Monday (May 13).

The event was co-organized by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), and the two-day event gathered more than 1,000 attendees for panels, speeches, and workshops, Taiwan Today reported.

According to the MOEA, keynote speakers included Shiza Shahid, founder of the Malala Fund and NOW Ventures, and Tonya Surman, CEO of Toronto-based Center for Social Innovation.

The organizer said seven major topics related to the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals are the focus of the event: circular economy, climate action, corporate social innovation, marine ecology, social empowerment and partnerships, and technological innovation.

“In addition to talks, the event included a showcase of products and services developed by some 60 Taiwan-based social enterprises, and the first Asia Pacific Social Innovation Partnership Award,” Taiwan Today reported.

The competition, organized by the MOEA, attracted 62 applications from 13 countries and territories. Eleven enterprises from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Vietnam and Singapore were awarded prizes for their work in such fields as biosphere sustainability, social progress, and inclusive business.