Businesswomen address challenges amid Industry 4.0

There are more and more businesswomen leading enterprises by using digital technologies, the WomenWill seminar, with the theme “The Role of Women in Industry 4.0” and held recently by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) Ho Chi Minh City and Google in the city heard.

“WomenWill is a chain of innovative projects conducted by Google that provides opportunities and conditions for women everywhere in the world to develop themselves and succeed in life, raises awareness of gender equality, helps women take full advantage of modern technology in order to build skills, and inspires and connects them through training, events, and workshops,” said Mr. Sajith Sivanandan, Managing Director of Google Malaysia, Vietnam, and the Philippines.

The workshop shared useful information on the role of Vietnamese women in the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0). It also inspired and empowered female leaders to overcome barriers and challenges in their jobs to pursue career goals and become leaders in Industry 4.0 in Vietnam.

“Women account for more than a half of the world’s working age population and each Vietnamese woman is taking command of a part of technology,” Ms. Ton Nu Thi Ninh, Vice Chairwoman of the Vietnam Peace Committee, told the workshop.

Women-led small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Vietnam account for around 20 per cent of all SMEs and an increasing number of them are using digital skills and technologies as essential tools to manage and run their businesses and provide services to customers, according to a report from Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM) in 2016.

This is also one of the new methods boosting their business and production activities, helping them expand and reach out to the world. According to experts from Google Asia Pacific, digital adoption trends in enterprise management have been booming over the last few years.

Mr. Le Quoc Cuong, Deputy Director of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Information and Communications, said that women are just as educated, capable, and creative as men, but are more likely to encounter difficulties and barriers in their careers than men.

Moreover, the percentage of women accessing technology is significantly lower than that of men. Taking advantage of human resources training and development, enhancing creativity in education methods, and creating an equal playing field for enterprises are also factors that will help Vietnam overcome the human resources challenge from Industry 4.0.

[Source: vneconomictimes 2nd January 2018]