Doha, October 15 (QNA) – HE the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor Al Thani emphasized that Qatar has made a major success in women empowering and expanding their role in developmental schemes.
Addressing the inaugural session of the two-day 3rd Qatar International Businesswomen Forum (QIBWF), currently in progress in Doha and, HE the Prime Minster said in a speech read on behalf of him by HE the Minister of Economy and Finance, Youssuf Hussain Kamal, that Qatar National Vision 2030 plans paid great attention to this development pillar specially the role of women, noting that many projects, included in the National Development Strategy 2011-2016, are all aimed to provide modern education opportunities to upgrade women skills and enhance their contribution in all areas most important of which being the “Woman in Leadership” programme which is geared towards increasing women in leadership positions by 30 per cent.
HE the prime minister and foreign minister pointed out that efforts to hone women skills in various areas through the provision of education and training are reflected in the efforts of HH the Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) Sheikha Moza bint Nasser in providing the most prestigious education opportunities in the state that resulted in positive developments with regard to the Qatari women’s receiving a developed university education.
He said that the economic growth has reached record international levels during the past few years, thus provided great opportunities for the growth of the businesswomen’s participation in the economic activity , explaining that the state’s support for businesswomen is continuing through the support of the small and medium-scale projects via Qatar Development Bank (QDB).
HE Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor Al-Thani said this third edition of the forum is held at a highly important time amid increasing fear in the Arab world over recovery from the global economic crisis and its repercussions which are still putting pressure on the economic performance in a number of areas around the world, adding that women are shouldering the heaviest burden of the economic problems facing the community and the family. Therefore the ongoing economic pressure worldwide will have a negative impact on the position of women and that will increase the importance of businesswomen in supporting the community. He added that the forum is being held amid critical circumstances, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim said.
He noted that the forum also takes place in a very important stage for the Arab world, in light of the changes taking place in some countries in the region that have had repercussions which would have a strong effect on the status of Women in the short and long terms, and that requires careful consideration by the business community and agreement on plans and mechanisms for joint cooperation in order to mitigate the effects of these transformations on Arab societies.
HE the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister stressed that women represent the second wing of the human capital, which is viewed as the goal of development and its tool at the same time, and thus promoting the role of women in economic investment and business would benefit the society because it will open up prospects for the exploitation of a tremendous amount of energy and the potential of large female categories
He stressed that overcoming obstacles and removing hindrances facing businesswomen would lead to further employment and would contribute to solving the unemployment problem, especially supporting women. These would also contribute to the establishment of joint ventures between businesswomen, whether within a single country or among several countries to promote of cultural and economic relations and exchange of experiences in the field of project management, HE Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim said.
He said the uncertainty surrounding investment decisions created by the global financial crisis, requires the adoption of new investment strategies that take into account the opportunities generated by the crisis.(QNA)