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East Asia & the Pacific

East Asia & the Pacific 

In an op-ed in The Bangkok Post for International Women's Day, IFC Asia Pacific Vice President, Karin Finkelston writes that companies who assess how they recruit, promote and retain women make bigger profits and have happier staff.
In an op-ed for Papua New Guinea's Post Courier newspaper, IFC's Carolyn Blacklock writes about the establishment of the Pacific's first Business Coalition for Women.
IFC works with Chindex, a leading private healthcare network in China, to promote women at all levels of its operations. Founded by two women, including its current CEO, Chindex is dedicated to empowering its female staff through leadership and train
IFC’s partnership with global coffee trader ECOM Agroindustrial has been teaching the female entrepreneurs farming techniques that boost productivity and family incomes.
Following the 2008 devastating earthquake in western China, IFC initiated an Emergency Assistance Program to enhance Bank of Deyang's capacity to lend to SMEs and enable it to support women-owned SMEs in the earthquake-affected areas, through both it

IFC East Asia & the Pacific

IFC in East Asia and the Pacific focuses on supporting sustainable, private sector-led development to ensure the region’s economic growth reaches all segments of society. Around half of our investments in fiscal year 2012 were in the region’s poorest countries with IFC opening up access to finance for small and medium enterprises, connecting rural households to electricity for the first time, improving access to healthcare, and fighting climate change by improving energy efficiency.

Empowering Women in Business in East Asia and the Pacific


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