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Thailand is providing women opportunities to climb the corporate ladder, according to the latest survey by consulting firm Grant Thornton.

In the 2011 Grant Thornton International Business Report, Thailand boasts the greatest percentage of women in senior roles at 45 percent, followed by Georgia (40 percent), Russia (36 percent), Hong Kong and the Philippines (both 35 percent).

Countries with the lowest percentages are India, the United Arab Emirates and Japan, where fewer than 10 percent of senior positions are held by women.

The survey revealed that globally women hold 20 percent of senior management positions, down from 24 percent in 2009. G7 countries lag behind the global average, with only 16 percent of women holding senior roles, while the Asia-Pacific region excluding Japan scores highest with 27 percent.

However, just 8 percent of companies globally with women in senior managerial positions have a female chief executive. The story is different in Asian economies. Thailand leads the way, with 30 percent of companies employing female CEOs, followed by mainland China (19 percent), Taiwan (18 percent) and Vietnam (16 percent).

Achara Boonyahansa of Grant Thornton said Thailand's working culture provides equal opportunities.

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