In late March, the IFC and the Department of Environmental and Social Impact Assessment hosted an intensive 5-day training program to help government officials from Lao PDR improve their negotiation skills.
In Lao PDR, gender equity is key to national development. Since the economic reforms of the 1980s, women have experienced positive changes on many fronts, including more economic participation and a narrowing of gender gaps in school enrollments.
Only 20% of firms in Eastern Europe and Central Asia have female top managers. IFC’s Corporate Governance Program in ECA promotes the business case for good CG practices and emphasizes business benefits of gender diversity on boards.