The 32nd Global Summit of Women (#GSW2022), the annual international business and economic forum for female leaders, has officially opened in Thailand, with over 650 participants from 52 countries taking part, most hailing from Vietnam, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mexico and the Philippines.
Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha presided over the opening ceremony, during which he gave a speech in Thai, stating that the summit reflects the power of female leaders, while acknowledging that women have to juggle various roles, from being a mother and a wife to earning income for the family.
He also said that this year’s summit is also an opportunity to showcase the potential and talents of female leaders, in hopes of improving the economy, adding that women have played important roles in the country’s development.
The President of the Global Summit of Women, Irene Natividad, said that women play a huge role in the global economy, with women contributing up to 40% of the global GDP during the pre-pandemic.
If women are given equal access to opportunities, the global GDP could, however, increase up to over a hundred trillion dollars. Therefore, there should be more support and solutions so that women are actively engaged in the economy.
Irene also explained that everyone is still facing difficult and challenging times, from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine to climate change, and that the world faces an unknowable future. Therefore, the summit will focus on solutions, as well as the sharing of practical strategies forged by women for women.
Meanwhile, Chair of the Thai Host Committee and former Minister of Tourism and Sports, Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, said that this summit will showcase what Thailand has to offer, as well as highlighting the talents of Thai women leaders, while noting that people may have old perceptions about them.
The Global Summit of Women 2022 is being held in Bangkok between June 23rd and 25th, on the theme of “Women: Creating Opportunities in the New Reality”, which will connect female leaders in the private and public sectors, both in Thailand and around the world.