Vietnam Ranks 1st in Asia, 6th of 53 in Female Business Ownership
Jul 03, 2019
According to a recent Mastercard study titled the Mastercard Index of Women Entrepreneurs 2018, 31.3% of businesses in Vietnam are owned by women. The figure places the nation sixth out of 53 surveyed economies, ahead most of Europe, the US, China and all other Asian nations (if we consider Russia part of Europe). Ghana tops the list worldwide at 46.4% while Saudi Arabia comes last at 1.4%.
The report also places the country 18th in an index that measures women’s advancement outcomes, knowledge assets, financial access and supporting entrepreneurial conditions. This rank puts Vietnam in similar standing with Thailand, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Poland, Costa Rica and Colombia.
It notes that women hold 25% of CEO or board-level positions in Vietnam, which is far above regional peers like Singapore, Indonesia and Myanmar. Such a figure supports previous positive observations regarding gender equality in leadership positions in Vietnamese workplaces.