2016 Empretec Women in Business Award, 21 July 2016, Nairobi, Kenya

Ms. Tran Thi Viet wins Empretec Women in Business Award 2016

A woman entrepreneur from Viet Nam received the gold award at the Empretec Women in Business Awards 2016 ceremony on 21 July 2016, in recognition of her business success, one of 100 women nominated for the awards.

Tran Thi Viet runs Viet Trang Handicraft, which specializes in basket-woven goods using seagrass, jute, water hyacinth, corn leaves, banana leaves, and bamboo. From a small start the company now exports goods to the European Union worth more than $100 million and employs 250 weavers preserving the traditional weaving culture of Ms. Tran’s region.

I’m very happy to be here with the other finalists, who are a great inspiration to me to carry on in my business,” said Ms. Tran. “it is actually my first time to the beautiful Africa.

“When I go back, I will try to keep our business moving forward to create more jobs for more local women in our village. I want to thank all my artisans back home with whom I have worked for forty years,” she said.


EWBA_awardUNCTAD’s Empretec Women in Business Awards (E-WBA) have been granted biannually since 2008 to women trained by national Empretec centres. The awards were launched on the occasion of UNCTAD XII Ministerial Conference in Accra, Ghana, in 2008. Since then, three more ceremonies were held in:

  • 2010 in Geneva, Switzerland, at the annual session of UNCTAD’s Investment, Enterprise and Development Commission;
  • 2012 in Doha, on the occasion of UNCTAD XIII Ministerial Conference in Doha, Qatar;
  • 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland, during UNCTAD’s World Investment Forum.

Recipients excelled in developing innovative business ideas, providing jobs and increasing incomes in their communities.


The awards have been shown to have a real impact on the lives of both winners and finalists, improving their access to education and resources, and adding to their motivation to continue developing their enterprises. The special recognition provided by the E-WBAs has helped women to become role models for their communities – successful entrepreneurs working to improve the quality of life in developing countries.