Monday 22 April 2019

Arab Women Forum kicks off in Saudi Arabia

DUBAI, April 11, 2018

Saudi Arabia is hosting the Arab Women Forum as part of the fourth edition of the Top CEO Conference and Awards, which kicked off yesterday (April 10) and will conclude today at King Abdullah Economic City.

 On the first day of the forum, an elite gathering of top female executives, decision makers, professionals, and experts on women empowerment and business leadership gathered at key sessions including ‘The Economic Revolution’, ‘Entrepreneurs’ and ‘The Community-Based New Economy’, among many others.

Julien Hawari, co-CEO of Mediaquest, the company behind the Arab Women Forum, said: “This is an exciting and transformational time for women working in the Middle East, and the ultimate goal of our new forum is to enhance and support the growing contribution of Arab women to drive the region’s ongoing economic and social development.

“By providing attendees with a series of engaging keynote speeches and panel discussions, as well as strong networking opportunities, we are empowering women to lead a paradigm shift in the region and improving their potential to claim the senior positions they deserve.”

At ‘The Economic Revolution’ session, attendees engaged in open discussions about the wide-ranging benefits of including of women in the workforce in Arab countries, including boosting the GDP of the region, reducing unemployment, and kick-starting the economy in a new direction.

With credit representing the key constraint to female entrepreneurship in the Arab region and 39 per cent of Arab firms reporting difficulties in this area, the ‘Entrepreneurs’ session explored the venture capital and investment situation, and debated whether women-led projects should be fast tracked to empower businesswomen.

‘The Community-Based New Economy’ session questioned whether technologies and the new sharing-based economy could pave the way for Arab women to become active economic members of society. The session also asked what can be done to achieve a more inclusive approach, how female representation can be improved, and what role technology can play.  

Faisal J Abbas, editor in chief of Arab News said: “Given the raft of reforms underway in Saudi Arabia, there could not be a more appropriate and meaningful time to host such an event. Arab News has been taking a leading role in both reporting on the changes underway in the Kingdom and pointing out the clear need for women to play key roles in Saudi society, and the many challenges ahead.“This conference aims to take this conversation forward — for the benefit of both Saudi Arabia’s female workforce and the wider society as a whole.”

The Arab Women Forum is supported by Arab News as the official partner of the event. Women’s Forum as the supporting partner of the event and Haya magazine as the media partner. – TradeArabia News Service

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