GCC female entrepreneurs' challenges in focus
Manama, July 23, 2014
A key forum highlighting the economic challenges faced by female entrepreneurs in the GCC will take place in Bahrain this October.
The second edition of the 'Gulf Businesswomen Forum' will give participants the opportunity to enhance mutual understanding and is being organised over two days from October 15-16 by Bahrain Chamber for Commerce and Industry (BCCI) in collaboration with the Federation of GCC Chambers (FGCCC), said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication.
Entitled 'Extending Bridges of Co-operation and Openness,' the event will be held under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, wife of His Majesty King Hamad, Supreme Council for Women president at the Sheraton Hotel in Manama.
FGCCC secretary general Abdulrahim Hasan Naqui said that Bahrain was chosen as a venue for the conference due to its support of women's involvement and contribution to the economy.
"Selecting Bahrain as the venue for this major conference comes out of our faith and pride of the achievements of Bahraini women in various fields, the key role played in economic and social development and their significant role in the labour market," he said, at a press conference held yesterday at the BCCI headquarters in Sanabis.
"We are seeking an unusual forum, and therefore it will be held as a panel discussion that will ensure interactivity between the speakers and the audience as well as shedding light on various aspects of our sessions.
"There will also be an award ceremony during one of our sessions to stimulate businesswomen and entrepreneurs.
"However, this forum is not only for women as it also targets businessmen and other officials from the GCC, as well as our international peers."
Meanwhile, BCCI chief executive Nabeel Al Mahmood stressed the importance of such events and their role in benefiting businesswomen, entrepreneurs and the economy as a whole.
"Organising such an event comes in recognition of the success of the forum's first edition that was held in Muscat in December 2012," he said.
"The main reason for organising this forum in Bahrain is the record of Bahraini businesswomen's success and achievements.
"Many subjects will be covered in the forum including GCC businesswomen's contribution to sustainable development, the role of Gulf pioneers, the GCC chambers' role in stimulating businesswomen and the role of GCC partnership in extending bridges of friendship and co-operation.
"The main purpose of the forum is to strengthen the bilateral relation between countries and business people regionally and globally," he added. - TradeArabia News Service