Sharjah FDI Forum to reaffirm role of women, youth in shaping economy

SHARJAH, 5th December, 2018 (WAM) — The key roles of women and youth in realising the sustainable economic development in the UAE, the Arab region, and beyond, and the importance of boosting their participation in all market sectors will be brought under the spotlight next week by a group of business leaders and economic experts, at the Sharjah FDI Forum 2018.

These discussions will be held as part of the forum’s fourth edition titled “Shaping the Future of Economies”, on 10th and 11th December, 2018, at the Al Jawaher Reception and Convention Centre, in Sharjah. The event is organised under the patronage of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah.

A discussion on the first day of the forum is titled “The role of youth in shaping the future of economies: How the youth drive digital advancement and economic development”, has been organised and moderated by the Shurooq Youth Council, and will feature the following speakers: Abdulla Al Saleh, Under-Secretary of the Foreign Trade and Industry at the Ministry of Economy; Marwan Bin Jassim Al Sarkal, Executive Chairman of the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), and Tariq Sultan bin Khadem, Chairman of Human Resources Department. The session will be moderated by Ammar Al Muaini, Chairman of the Youth Council for the Future of Economy.

The Shurooq launched the Youth Council to give its efforts in activating the role of youth a unique push, and in line with its vision to support the young Emirati leadership and realise their potential while contributing to achieving the Shurooq’s aspirations and reinforcing the Sharjah’s stature as an investment, tourism and commercial destination.

The Shurooq Youth Council will also announce its plans for the next phase during the session.

On day two, the forum will host a panel titled “Advancement of Women in the Business Sector”, to reiterate the importance of women’s role in driving economic growth. The discussions will focus on the future of workplaces, women’s enterprises, and women’s leadership in the business world, and things that can be done to boost their entry into non-traditional sectors of technology, health, energy, science and finance.

Speakers at this session are: Stefanie Vera Futorjanski, Innovation Advisor, Mentor, Angel Investor, Women Empowerment Advocate, Blockchain Enthusiast, Founding Team Dubai Future Accelerators Dubai Government; Jessica Wardel, Managing Partner, M&C Saatchi; Najat Benchiba Savenius, Chief Executive Officer, Gazelle Advisory; and Bassam Aoun, Contributor UN Women Country Gender Economic Profiles Report: GCC Women in Leadership, Euromonitor Consultant.

Mohamed Juma Al Musharrkh, CEO of the Sharjah FDI Office, said, “Young men and women will be offered the Sharjah FDI Forum’s platform to raise important questions about their future roles in the national economy, and discuss their challenges. They will actively propose solutions to these challenges and develop recommendations, with a focus on the role of women in economic development.”

Al Musharrkh added, “Young men and women, who enter the business field, are increasing steadily, whether in private or government institutions and corporations, and it is essential that they are offered these open, dialogue-based platforms where they can make their voices heard and also hear from top experts in the field.”

Speaking on Shurooq Youth Council’s role at the Sharjah FDI Forum, Fatma Al Mahmoud, Chairperson of the Council, said, “Our debut at the forum reflects on our mission and vision to create a strong impact to global leaders, and communicate a physical testament that we are an extension to the voices and ambitions of youths in Shurooq and in Sharjah. Our role in organising and moderating the forum’s first-ever Youth Circle will be to lead discussions on empowering young leaders, and to present our list of objectives and initiatives which we aim to roll out for the coming years.”

The Sharjah FDI Forum, which was first launched in 2015, is organised by Sharjah FDI Office with the support of the Ministry of Economy, and in strategic partnership with CINBC Arabia.


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