1st Free Trade Zone Women's Home Established in SW China

July 10, 2017
By Xu Zhenxue, Ren RanEditor: Alice Shang

Sichuan Women's Federation in southwest China recently founded the province's first Women's Home center in a local Free Trade Zone (FTZ) in the Shuangliu District of Chengdu.

The federation set up the Women's Home to serve and promote women's engagement in international cooperation, and offer guidance on operating businesses in the customs-free environment.

Women's Homes in Sichuan are unique because they are managed like companies. The Women's Home leadership team is composed of 12 members with leadership backgrounds from various sectors.

Officials hope that local favorable policies can help women develop their own startups and further their engagement in the nationwide Belt and Road Initiative.

Located in the center of southwest China, Sichuan is a hub of aviation.

So far, the Women's Home work is conducted on two tracks – online and offline. For the offline part, the center organizes activities to promote interaction and exhibits leading products.

On the other hand, the center's online platform is designed to popularize trade-related policies, announce news and share information.

At the end of this month, the center plans to send officials from over 20 companies to do field research in countries covered by the Belt and Road Initiative.

"Activities held by Women's Home will be matched, organized and shared between these industry groups," says Wen Qian, the founder of the Women's Home.

"I want to foster the Women's Home to be the best stage for female entrepreneurs' cooperation," she added.

(Source: China Women's News/Translated and edited by Women of China)

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