London forum to review women's role in business
London, June 23, 2013
The role of women in the business world will be the subject of a major ground-breaking conference being held in London on Tuesday and Wednesday, supported by Bahrain's Al Hilal Group.
The conference, which will explore the role of Arab women in supporting open economies and inclusive growth, aims to create new business partnerships between G8 and Arab business women to achieve shared prosperity.
More than 200 invited business and social leaders are expected to attend the conference at Lancaster House in the UK capital, which forms part of the 'Open Economies, Inclusive Growth' programme of events under the UK's 2013 presidency of the G8 Deauville Partnership, aimed at supporting Arab countries in transition.
Among the confirmed G8 speakers are Justine Greening, UK Secretary of State at the Department for International Development and Alistair Burt, British Foreign Office Minister for the Middle East and North Africa.
High-profile personalities from leading international institutions such as the Islamic Development Bank, World Bank and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development will also make presentations at the conference, organised by Women in Business International, the corporate social responsibility initiative of Al Hilal Group in association with North Star Associates.
"The group's involvement in this global initiative dates back to 2000, when it was politically unfashionable to promote the economic empowerment of women," said Al Hilal Group chairman Anwar Abdulrahman.
"With more than one billion women entering the global labour force over the next decade the issues that were looked at over a decade ago by Women in Business International will continue to be at the forefront of the economic and political agendas of all countries, including those in the Arab world."
The conference will conclude with a Business Award ceremony to recognise the immense contribution Arab women have made in business and economic growth, and their inspirational qualities.
Businesswomen from Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE are all leading contenders for the award.-TradeArabia News Service