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Readout of Secretary Raimondo’s Roundtable Discussion with Women Business Leaders in the Philippines


MANILA, Philippines – Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo met with several leading Filipino women in business for a roundtable discussion on supporting women’s economic empowerment across the Indo-Pacific. During the meeting, Secretary Raimondo engaged with women leaders in different sectors to exchange best practices on the advancement of gender equality and inclusive economic growth. The Secretary also discussed the Department of Commerce’s work to support and advance economic empowerment of women, including through the SelectUSA Program’s Select Global Women in Tech Mentorship Network, a year-long program that connects international women entrepreneurs with mentorship and networking opportunities to help grow their businesses and explore business opportunities in the United States. She also highlighted the International Trade Administration’s (ITA) EMPOWER Asia initiative, which holds monthly webinars with ITA’s Strategic Partners to increase awareness of and enhance market opportunities for women-owned and led businesses.