Published On: 01/11/2017

Dubai, UAE: Countries that provide the right environment that enables business women to succeed are investing in sustainable growth and enhancing their long-term competitiveness, H.E. Dr. Raja Easa Al Gurg, President of the Dubai Business Women Council, noted during a high-level meeting held on the sidelines of the 4th Global Business Women on Africa.

The meeting was attended by H.E. Rebecca Akufo-Addo, First Lady of Ghana, as well as prominent business women and entrepreneurs from the UAE and Africa. Addressing the delegates, H.E. Al Gurg explained how women are playing an active role in all parts of the UAE’s society, adding that Africa could potentially see major economic benefits if more women become more involved in the continent’s business community.

“Investing in women is good for all of us. Whether the goal is to lift women and girls out of poverty, or bolster the success of female entrepreneurs, research shows that companies perform better and communities are stronger when women participate fully,” H.E. Al Gurg said.

H.E. Al Gurg highlighted historic trade links and strong partnerships that exist between the Arab world and African countries. She described the meeting as an ideal platform to facilitate cooperation and engage a growing number of women entrepreneurs and businesswomen that are emerging in Africa and the UAE.

“The Dubai Business Women Council is keen to pursue opportunities that will inspire women to seek advisors, training, and networks that will help them unleash their potential and fundamentally change lives,” she concluded.

An initiative of Dubai Chamber, the Dubai Business Women Council was established in 2002 as the official representative organisation for business women, both professionals and entrepreneurs, in Dubai.

The 4th Global Business Forum on Africa, organised by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is taking place on November 1st and 2nd, 2017 at Dubai’s Madinat Jumeirah. The high-profile international event is being held under the theme “Next Generation Africa” and sheds light on the challenges and opportunities associated with the continent’s next phase of economic growth.

The Global Business Forum series, launched by Dubai Chamber in 2013, focuses on Africa, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Latin America. To date, the series has hosted 10 heads of state, 74 ministers and dignitaries, and 5,400 executives, as well as a host of influential decision makers from 65 countries around the world.