QBWA to take part in lead­ers’ sum­mit in Mu­nich

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Mu­nich will host the Ger­man-Arab Women Busi­ness Lead­ers’ Sum­mit in the pres­ence of high­level govern­ment of­fi­cials and an elite group of busi­ness­women and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of ma­jor com­pa­nies from both sides on Oc­to­ber 15-17.

The Qatari Busi­ness­women As­so­ci­a­tion (QBWA) is par­tic­i­pat­ing in a high-level del­e­ga­tion headed by Aisha Al­far­dan, vicechair­woman of the as­so­ci­a­tion.

The con­fer­ence will dis­cuss en­hanc­ing the role and par­tici- pa­tion of women in the econ­omy, which is an im­por­tant topic in the fu­ture of Arab-Ger­man eco­nomic co-op­er­a­tion.

In­creas­ingly, women’s eco­nomic role is grow­ing through as­sum­ing lead­er­ship po­si­tions both in the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors, where the role of women in es­tab­lish­ing com­pa­nies and busi­nesses cre­at­ing new jobs is in­creas­ing, thus sup­port­ing the vi­tal­ity and de­vel­op­ment of the econ­omy.

The con­fer­ence will be held un­der the pa­tron­age of the Fed­eral Min­istry of Eco­nomic Af­fairs and En­ergy and will be at­tended by a large num­ber of Arab and Ger­man women busi­ness lead­ers, spon­sored by Al­far­dan Au­to­mo­biles, and in part­ner­ship with the Qatari Busi­ness­women’s As­so­ci­a­tion and the Arab Ger­man Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try. The sum­mit is or­gan­ised by Cross Cul­tures Net­work, which is led by Dr Gabi Kra­tochwil, board mem­ber of the Cham­ber, au­thor and an in­ter­na­tional award-win­ning con­sul­tant, who has been work­ing for over ten years to sup­port the di­a­logue be­tween Arab and Ger­man women lead­ers.

In this con­text, am­bas­sador of the Fed­eral Repub­lic of Ger­many to the State of Qatar, Hans-Udo Muzel and his wife Lil­ian, who is ac­tive in pro­mot­ing fe­male lead- er­ship is­sues, hosted the del­e­ga­tion of the Qatari Busi­ness­women’s As­so­ci­a­tion at the Ger­man res­i­dence in Doha.

Muzel said that his coun­try ap­pre­ci­ates its close part­ner­ship with Qatar as well as the visit made by His High­ness the Amir, Sheikh Tamim bin Ha­mad al-Thani to Ger­many a month ago, dur­ing which he opened the Qatar-Ger­many Busi­ness and In­vest­ment Fo­rum in the cap­i­tal Ber­lin.

Muzel noted that the visit came only one year af­ter the meet­ing be­tween His High­ness the Amir and Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel, which demon­strated the strength and du- ra­bil­ity of the bi­lat­eral re­la­tions.

The am­bas­sador also com­mended the suc­cess of the re­cent fo­rum, es­pe­cially af­ter His High­ness the Amir an­nounced a new in­vest­ments worth €10bn over the next five years.

Muzel stressed the im­por­tance of joint and fruit­ful co-op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries and con­sid­ered the par­tic­i­pa­tion of the Qatari Busi­ness­women’s As­so­ci­a­tion in the Mu­nich lead­ers’ sum­mit, a chance to con­trib­ute to en­hanc­ing bi­lat­eral co-op­er­a­tion in var­i­ous cul­tural, sports and ed­u­ca­tional fields as well as econ­omy and trade.

He wished ev­ery suc­cess to the del­e­ga­tion of the Qatari Busi­ness­women As­so­ci­a­tion in the con­fer­ence.

For her part, Aisha Al­far­dan, head of the del­e­ga­tion and vicechair of the Qatari Busi­ness­women’s As­so­ci­a­tion, said that busi­ness­women are an es­sen­tial part of the eco­nomic fab­ric in Qatar and will work to pro­mote Qatar as a safe place for in­vest­ment driven by the coun­try’s en­cour­ag­ing in­vest­ment cli­mate and the in­vest­ment-at­tract­ing leg­is­la­tion.

She added that the con­fer­ence will be a com­pre­hen­sive plat­form for all eco­nomic sec­tors where women busi­ness lead­ers and de­ci­sion mak­ers from Ger­many and the Arab world will meet to ex­change knowl­edge and ex­per­tise and en­hance com­mu­ni­ca­tion and joint de­vel­op­ment of the in­no­va­tive busi­ness strate­gies.

The con­fer­ence will dis­cuss over the two days im­por­tant top­ics such as Women as Driv­ers for Eco­nomic Change; and Women En­trepreneurs, In­cu­ba­tors for Dy­namic Growth as well as other top­ics re­lated to the im­por­tance of di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion and lead­er­ship by women in the econ­omy, link­ing busi­ness­women to tech­nol­ogy and en­hanc­ing women’s suc­cess in the fi­nan­cial sec­tor, ca­pac­ity build­ing and the fu­ture of the knowl­edge-based econ­omy.

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