LONDON: Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammad Al Qasimi, wife of H.H the Ruler of Sharjah, Chairperson of NAMA Women Advancement Establishment (NAMA) and Honorary Chairperson of the Sharjah Business Women Council (SBWC), has participated in the opening ceremony of the Sharjah Business Women Forum in London, UK.
Organised by NAMA and held at the capital city’s Royal Automobile Club, the forum was established as a platform to discuss ways of strengthening joint cooperation between British and Emirati businesswomen and entrepreneurs. Among those attending were Ameera BinKaram, Deputy Chairperson of NAMA and Chairperson of SBWC; Alya Al Mazroui, Wife of the United Arab Emirates Ambassador to United Kingdom; Dr. Afnan Al Shuaibi, Secretary General and CEO of the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce; Haifa Al Kaylani, Founder Chairperson of the Arab International Women’s Forum and Noura Al Noman, Chairperson of the Executive Office of H.H. Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi.
Also in attendance were members of SBWC and over 200 business women from across various sectors in the UK and UAE.
“The UAE has always stressed the importance of empowering and supporting women out of its belief in the vital role they play in contributing to the advancement of the community. Women are essential partners and play a crucial role in building the state, and achieving the comprehensive sustainable development. We will continue to provide them with all forms of support to enhance their involvement in public life, and create more achievements that will be added to the UAE’s record of accomplishments,” said Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi.
“At NAMA we strive to build and nurture women’s capabilities and elevate their achievements, continuing the vision and efforts of H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Mother of the Nation, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation. These efforts have yielded the results we see in all Emirati women today. They now have greater ambition, the ability to highlight their innovation and creativity and the skills to overcome any obstacle,” added H.H.
H.H. invited the British business women and entrepreneurs to visit Sharjah and learn more about the emirate’s pioneering experience and efforts advancing women in the economic sector. She said, “Sharjah offers ideal investment and business opportunities, and its business market is characterised by the having a large and stimulating investment facilities. We emphasise that British businesswomen have great opportunity to forge strategic partnerships with the Sharjah Business Women, to launch joint development projects which are beneficial for both of them.”
Held for the second consecutive year, the SBW Forum in London featured two discussion panels on ways to empower women and strengthen their role in economic and social life. The event enabled participants to outline their experiences in the field of entrepreneurship and highlighted the successes they have achieved with their own businesses.
Attendees praised the generous patronage that Sharjah’s businesswomen enjoy from H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah and the great support they receive from his wife, Sheikha Jawaher, which has greatly contributed to strengthening the position of Sharjah as an attractive investment emirate and one that encourages women to enter into the world of entrepreneurship.
Ameera BinKaram reviewed the business environment in Sharjah and the facilities and services offered by the emirate to businesswomen and entrepreneurs. She highlighted the most important projects and activities carried out by NAMA and the entities and initiatives that fall under its umbrella to enhance the emirate’s business environment for women.
BinKaram pointed to the strong relationship between Sharjah and the UK and reiterated that the main goal of the forum was to attract British businesswomen who are looking for opportunities in various fields in the Middle East. She stressed the forum’s role as a platform to exchange views, identify needs and facilitate partnerships between UAE businesswomen and their counterparts in the UK, saying that it was an important annual event that facilitates the building of long-term business relationships between the two countries.