US, Taiwan work to empower women entrepreneurs amid boosted ties

Academy for Women Entrepreneurs part of US' global initiative to advance women's economic empowerment

AIT launches Academy for Women Entrepreneurs in Taiwan (AIT photo)

AIT launches Academy for Women Entrepreneurs in Taiwan (AIT photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Director Brent Christensen joined Economic Minister Wang Mei-hua (王美花) in inaugurating the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) program in Taiwan on Monday (March 8), marking International Women’s Day.

The program will enroll 90 female entrepreneurs from Taiwan under the U.S.-led AWE initiative, launched in 2019 under the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). The initiative is part of the U.S.' commitment to empowering women worldwide.

Participants will have access to resources and skill-training assistance through DreamBuilder, a platform providing courses on marketing, selling, accounting, and product design, among other skills involved in running a business, according to AIT.

AWE Taiwan will team up with the Ministry of Economic Affairs’ Fei Yen (飛雁) program to recruit 90 businesswomen. They will be incorporated into the ECA’s alumni database and will engage in related events.

Lauding Taiwan as a leader in East Asia for the empowerment of women, Christensen said the AWE supports the priorities of the U.S.-Taiwan partnership, including boosting bilateral trade and promoting language exchanges. Having rolled out the program in 53 countries, the U.S. is eyeing more than 70 countries this year to add to the AWE's global network.

Updated : 2021-04-11 14:28 GMT+08:00