Jul 19, 2019 / 14:28

UNDP-supported 4.0 technologies empower ethnic minority women to escape poverty

The Hanoitimes - With the support of UNDP and Viettel Post, ethnic women enable to explore opportunities to develop business.

An initiative supported by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Vietnam has empower ethnic minority women to develop their business and escape poverty in the course of Industry 4.0. 
 
UNDP Resident Representative in Vietnam Caitlin Wiesen and ethnic women in Bac Kan. Photo: UNDP/Nguyen Viet Lan
UNDP Resident Representative in Vietnam Caitlin Wiesen and ethnic women in Bac Kan. Photo: UNDP/Nguyen Viet Lan
In a related move, on July 17, as many as 46 ethnic minority women groups gathered in the northern mountainous province of Bac Kan to meet with partners from the government, business, and non-government sectors to explore the opportunities for the application, UNDP said in a press release. 

The UNDP-supported initiative “Economic empowerment of Ethnic Minority Women via application of IR4.0” empowers identification of potential EM women groups.

Indeed, through the initiative, poor ethnic minority women and their business partners, investors, government policy makers and service providers will be engaged in an Accelerator Lab Journey, building on the 3M (Match, Mentoring and Move) initiative in 2017 and 2018.

 
Le Quyen, an ethnic woman in Thien An group in Bac Kan's Bach Thong district. Photo: UNDP/Nguyen Viet Lan
Le Quyen, an ethnic woman in Thien An group in Bac Kan's Bach Thong district. Photo: UNDP/Nguyen Viet Lan
Building on the strong commitment of the government of Vietnam in ensuring no one left behind in the transition to Industry 4.0, the initiative aims to maximize opportunities, including:
(1) E-commerce platforms enable small production units to link to the markets and in value chains;
(2) Providing innovative finance solutions such as e-banking, e-payments, micro-insurance;
(3) Social media and other e-platforms for online learning, skill training, peer to peer learning, coaching startups and obtaining information for disaster prevention and mitigation; 
(4) New production technologies such as smart agriculture, block-chain for tracing the product origins.
(5) Data and tools for real-time citizen feedback and policy maker learning.

 
UNDP Resident Representative in Vietnam Caitlin Wiesen at the conference on July 17. Photo: UNDP/Nguyen Viet Lan
UNDP Resident Representative in Vietnam Caitlin Wiesen at the conference on July 17. Photo: UNDP/Nguyen Viet Lan
UNDP Resident Representative in Vietnam Caitlin Wiesen highlighted the opportunities that IR4.0 and digital technologies offer in connecting markets to local creative ethnic minority led businesses to close the gap and eradicate the last mile poverty that persists in Vietnam.
Addressing the conference on July 17, she said: “There is a great potential that IR4.0 and digital technologies offer to ethnic minority people and women to accelerate their efforts to improve the production and marketing of their products and businesses in ways that sustainably lift them out of poverty.”

Speaking at the event, Deputy Chairman of Bac Kan Provincial People’s Committee Pham Duy Hung highlighted the importance of IT application of ethnic minority groups in their production and marketing to effectively expand their business and contribute to economic development and sustainable poverty reduction. 

 
Dinh Thanh Son, deputy general director of Viettel Post. Photo: UNDP/Nguyen Viet Lan
Dinh Thanh Son, deputy general director of Viettel Post. Photo: UNDP/Nguyen Viet Lan
UNDP, Viettel Post join hands to support ethnic women 

On this occasion, UNDP and Viettel Post signed a memorandum of understanding to provide a framework of cooperation for supporting Vietnam in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially SDG1 (no poverty), SDG2 (zero hunger), SDG5 (gender equality), SDG8 (decent work and economic growth), SDG10 (reduced inequalities), and SDG13 (climate action). 

Especially, both of them will jointly explore cooperation opportunities with ethnic minority women, business groups, including application of Industry 4.0 technology to serve the identification and experimentation of local solutions for their economic empowerment and poverty reduction in all provinces in Vietnam.

Caitlin Wiesen said Viettel Post will expand e-commerce and e-payment services in rural areas of Vietnam and the partnership will be meaningful amid persistent poverty concentrated among ethnic minorities in geographically challenging environment. 

Vietnam has recently made remarkable progress in reducing multi-dimensional poverty, lifting six million people out of poverty in only four years between 2012 and 2016, according to UNDP.