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2012/05/06 11:48 KST
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Global women entrepreneurs to flock to Yeosu Expo for annual meeting

YEOSU, South Korea, May 6 (Yonhap) -- More than 600 women entrepreneurs will get together in the southern port city of Yeosu Tuesday to enhance cooperation among their businesses and countries, the World Association of Women Entrepreneurs (FCEM) said Sunday.

   "FCEM World Committee Meeting will be held in the Ocean Resort of Yeosu from May 8-11, 2012," FCEM said on its Web site. "All women entrepreneurs over the world will share their ideas to foster better relations within enterprises and to strengthen the cooperation among the countries."

   The gathering will coincide with the opening Saturday of the 2012 Yeosu Expo, which will run for three months and is expected to attract more than 8 million visitors from across the globe with the emphasis being put on challenges posed by climate change and protecting the marine environment.

   It is the second time since 2006 that South Korea has hosted the FCEM World Committee Meeting.

   "The event will likely serve as the occasion to enhance not only the status of women entrepreneurs but also the brand value of South Jeolla Province and the Yeosu Expo," said Park Nae-yong, a senior official of the South Jeolla Provincial government.

   Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik, South Jeolla Governor Park Joon-young and other dignitaries will attend the ceremony to open the 2012 FCEM World Committee Meeting.

   Among the events planned are workshops on women leadership, exhibitions of products, a charity auction and programs to experience traditional Korean culture.

   Founded in France in 1945, the FCEM network currently includes more than 70 different countries from five continents, serving as the pioneer association uniting women business owners and bringing together like-minded women who share a common interest in entrepreneurship.