By Arab News
By Mohammed Rasooldeen
Princess Nora bint Mohammed Al-Saud, wife of Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar, will be one of the keynote speakers at the 9th Forum for Businesswomen in Islamic Countries which will open at the Council of Saudi Chambers on Wednesday.
The other main speakers at the inaugural ceremony will be Reem bint Ahmad Al-Frayan, director of the Women’s Sector Management of the Council of Saudi Chambers, Attiya Ali from the General Union of Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture for Arab Countries (GUCCIAAC), and Maha Talabra from the organizing committee.
More than 400 businesswomen from Islamic countries are scheduled to meet in Riyadh to identify the needs of businesswomen and the challenges they face. The aim is to enable them to engage themselves in the mainstream of economic cooperation.
The meeting, under the patronage of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, will be held in cooperation with the Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC), Islamic Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (ICCIA).
The forum will take place concurrently with the ongoing 15th Trade Fair of member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which was opened by Prince Faisal in Riyadh on Sunday.
The forum will discuss two main topics: The institutional role in increasing investment opportunities through the private sectors in Islamic countries and investment opportunities and improving women’s roles in Islamic countries.
The speakers on the first topic are Badria Al-Mulla (Federation of GCC Chambers), and Rokia Afzal Rahman (president of the Bangladesh Federation of Women Entrepreneurs). Speakers on the second topic include Dr. Salwa Al-Hazaa (Economic Committee at Shoura Council), and Hera Hermawan (president of the Indonesian delegation).
The forum will feature an open session on investment-related issues and the importance of increasing the role of women in Islamic countries in addition to business-to-business (B2B) meetings between businesswomen.