The Straits Times
Published on Oct 16, 2012

Clinton to boost women's entrepreneurship in Peru


LIMA (AFP) - United States (US) Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Peru on Monday to push for greater access for women to capital and know-how to start their own businesses and become a motor for economic growth.

Mrs Clinton was to meet with Peruvian President Ollanta Humala on late Monday for talks, followed by a dinner at the presidential palace in the capital Lima.

On Tuesday, the final day of her two-day trip, the top US diplomat was to address a conference on Power: Women as the Drivers of Social Growth Inclusion, before touring the Gamarra textile district.

"The focus on women as driving economic growth is obviously a very critical topic today as there isn't a country that doesn't want to drive growth and create jobs," a State Department official told reporters.