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Women’s Forum Myanmar-ASEAN 2014

12.05.2014 - 12.06.2014 • Naypyidaw and Yangon, Myanmar
2nd Edition


Slated to coincide with Myanmar’s chairmanship of ASEAN, the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society together with the French Embassy in Myanmar, in close cooperation with the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, are proud to announce Women’s Forum Myanmar-ASEAN 2014, to be held in Naypyidaw and Yangon on 5-6 December 2014.

This groundbreaking conference follows on the resounding success of last year’s Women’s Forum Myanmar 2013, which welcomed 600 participants from 26 countries alongside 23 partner companies and organizations, and which The Irrawaddy Magazine called (in December 2013) a “historic international Women's Forum”.

Under the theme Women: A driving force in transitional societies, plenary and breakout sessions at Women’s Forum Myanmar-ASEAN 2014 will include debates on the development of the financial sector in ASEAN countriesthe need to involve women in economic transitionCreating inclusive and responsible investment in ASEAN; scenarios for ASEAN women from 2015 onward; and ASEAN connectivity: The path to regional growth. Other sessions will look at the environmental agenda; demographics and regional migrations; and how to create a healthy ecosystem for small and medium-sized enterprises.

Women’s Forum Myanmar-ASEAN 2014 will be open by H.E. U Thein Sein, President, Republic of the Union of Myanmar and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Chairperson of the National League for Democracy, Member of the Parliament, Chairperson of the Lower House Committee for Rule of Law, Peace and Tranquility, Republic of the Union of Myanmar, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

Other confirmed speakers for this edition include:

  • Dr Robert Sebbag, Vice-President, Access to medicines, Sanofi
  • H.E. Ms Annick Girardin, French Minister of State for Development and Francophony
  • Ms Elaine Tan, Executive Director, ASEAN Foundation and Trustee, ASEAN CSR Network
  • Ms Emma Bonino, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Leader of the Senate and  Member of Parliament, the Italian Republic  
  • Ms Melanne Verveer, Executive Director, the Institute for Women, Peace and Security, Georgetown University, and Founding Partner, Seneca Point Global


Click here to download the list of confirmed speakers (as of 17 November).


Relive the best moments of Women’s Forum Myanmar 2013:

  • Click here to watch the Best of Video.
  • Click here to read the Digital Report.
  • Click here to plunge into the program, list of speakers, sessions summaries, pictures and stories.
Fri. 05 December
Sat. 06 December

09:30-09:50 Forum opening address

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09:50-10:00 Forum welcome remarks

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10:00-11:00 How to empower women

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11:30-00:30 Achieving economic transition with/for women too

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14:15-15:15 ASEAN connectivity: The path to regional growth

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15:45-16:45 Creating a healthy ecosystem for small and medium-sized enterprises

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16:45-17:00 Day 1 conclusions and thanks

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20:00-22:00 Networking cocktail reception

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08:30-08:45 Forum Day 2 welcome keynote addresses

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08:45-09:45 Creating inclusive and responsible investment in ASEAN

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09:45-10:00 Investing to bring more ASEAN women into STEM


Melody Meyer

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10:30-11:30 Making political institutions more responsive to their constituents

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11:40-00:45 Developing the financial sector for the benefit of the most in need

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13:00-14:30 Lunch with a keynote speaker: The essential linkage between women’s right and development

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14:45-14:45 How to reconcile tradition and modernity: The role and responsibility of cultural and religious values


Rose Ismail

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14:45-16:00 The ASEAN Economic Community’s coming impact on healthcare goods and services

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14:45-16:00 Better city for a better life: Improving urban sanitation and transportation

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16:15-17:30 Freedom of expression and the need for transparency

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16:15-17:30 The land issue: Working towards greater community control over land and natural resources

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16:15-17:30 Realizing the potential of ASEAN’s educated women

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16:15-17:30 How to cope with climate change: Women at the forefront of disaster prevention and management

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16:25-16:25 Whither women’s rights in ASEAN?

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17:45-18:15 Closing keynote address: 3 scenarios for ASEAN Women from 2015 onward

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18:15-18:30 Closing words from the Women’s Forum

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18:30-19:30 Farewell cocktail reception

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Women's Forum Myanmar 2014

The Women’s Forum Myanmar will be held on the 5-6 December 2014 in Naypyidaw and Yangon in Myanmar.



We recommend that you arrive in Yangon on Thursday 4 December; this will ensure that you do not miss the Opening Plenary on Friday 5 December.

Women’s Forum Myanmar ASEAN 2014 will end on Saturday 6 December evening.





Venue: Myanmar International Convention Center 2 (MICC II)

Corner of Shwe Kyar Pin Road and Nyanna Aung Myay Road, Zabuthiri Township Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar



Venue: Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon
40 Natmauk Road, Tamwe Township, 
Yangon Myanmar 
T: + 95 1 544500
F: + 95 1 544500 
Website: www.chatrium.com

Maps & Directions 

Located on the western shore of Royal Lake, Kandawgyi Nature Park is at your doorstep and the revered Golden Shwedagon Pagoda just a 15 minute stroll away, while Yangon International Airport is a 30-minute drive.

For more detailed map, click here.




December 2014 will be a busy period in Yangon; we strongly recommend that you book your accommodation as soon as possible.


> STAYING AT THE CONFERENCE VENUE (Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon)

Please return the completed booking form by email direct to rsvn.chry@chatrium.com, khinewintphyu@chatrium.com, moekhin.tun@chatrium.com.




KANDAWGYI PALACE HOTEL  Kan Yeik Tha Road, Mingalar Taung Nyunt Township (1.4km from Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon)

Tel: +95 1 382919, + 95 1 382912

Fax: + 95 1 382917

Email: Reservations@kandawgyipalace-hotel.com

Website: www.kandawgyipalace-hotel.com


The above hotel option is only suggestion based on the proximity to the conference venue and does not take into consideration the condition of the hotel. For other accommodation options, you may wish to refer to Tripadvisor or Agoda.




If you wish to extend your stay in Naypyidaw after the conference, we recommend you the The Lake Garden, Nay Pyi Taw.


The Lake Garden | Nay Pyi Taw
Dekkhina Thiri road, East Nay Pyi Taw
Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar

Website: http://www.mgallery.com/gb/hotel-9096-the-lake-garden-nay-pyi-taw-mgallery-collection/index.shtml




Visa-on-arrival for Myanmar is granted to pre-approved cases only. Advance application of entry visa is still advised.

For information about applying Myanmar visa, please click here or refer to your local Myanmar Embassy.



December daytime temperatures are usually warm, varying between 14ºC and 27ºC. Night temperatures can be chilly but normally are about 14ºC.

Very low probability of rain.



Lunches and dinners will be organized as follows:

Friday  5 December

  • 12:30 to 14:00 – Lunch (in Naypyidaw)
  • 20:00 to 22:00 –Networking Cocktail reception (in Yangon)

Saturday 6 December

  • 13:00 to 14:30 – Lunch (in Yangon)
  • 18:30-19:30 - Farewell cocktail reception (in Yangon)


If you have specific dietary requirements, please inform us by email at: delegates2014@womens-forum.com



The Women’s Forum will provide simultaneous translation in English and Burmese for all plenary sessions and for several breakout sessions. Please refer to the program to see which session will be translated.



The dress code is business / business-casual for all events.




In France:

Ms. Laetitia Colonna: laetitia.colonna@womens-forum.com

Ms. Magali Marrannes: magali.marrannes@womens-forum.com

Mr. Jean-Christian Agid : jcagid@gmail.com

In Myanmar:

Mr. Etienne Quillet : etiennequillet@gmail.com


The Women’s Forum team will be available to answer your questions. They will be recognizable by their badges “Organizers”.