Conference Promotes Women in Arab Economies

London — July 25

Arab businesswomen, including a large delegation from Morocco, congregated June 25-26 in London for a conference to promote the role of women in Arab economies. The conference was held under the auspices of the G8 Deauville Partnership with Arab Countries in Transition.

At the end of the conference, Nezha Hayat of Morocco was given an award for Outstanding Contribution to Financial and Professional Services.

Seventeen people represented Morocco at the event, including eight businesswomen, four representatives of women’s NGOs and five government representatives. Delegation members came with diverse profiles ranging from senior officials to an agricultural worker and included heads of large companies and SMEs from various sectors including banking, pharmacy and agrofoods.

The Moroccan delegation was led by Bassima Hakkaoui, Moroccan minister for solidarity, women, family and social development. The event was hosted by British ministers including Alistair Burt, minister for North Africa at the FCO, and Justine Greening, minister for international development.

The aim of the conference was to look at ways of unlocking opportunities for Arab women in the business world and creating new business partnerships between G8 and Arab businesswomen to achieve shared prosperity. Participants considered how the economic climate affects women’s participation in the labor force and highlighted women’s contribution to economic growth. The conference also provided a networking forum for Arab businesswomen from across the Middle East.

Source: U.K. Foreign & Commonwealth Office