The official opening of the three-day Gulf Businesswomen Forum was held at the Al Bustan Palace Hotel on Sunday under the auspices of Sayyida Dr Muna bint Fahd bin Mahmoud al Said, assistant vice chancellor of Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) for external co-operation.
The forum, organised by Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI) in co-operation with the Federation of GCC Chambers (FGCCC), will be held over two sessions that would include working papers and discussions on topics like trade and economy. Bilateral meetings and round-table meetings between Omani businesswomen will be held on the sidelines of the forum, in addition to an exhibition which will showcase the achievements of Gulf businesswomen.
The forum would be useful for businesswomen to discuss challenges and difficulties, as well as to exchange experiences and views reflecting the distinct relations between GCC countries, especially in economic sectors. These forums are a great opportunity to highlight the leading role of women in the world of economics and business, said Sayyida Dr Muna.
Speaking at the event, Khalil al Khonji, chairman of OCCI, said that women in the Gulf are now actively involved in business and hold important positions in the public and private sectors. With the increasing number of women entering business, the participation of women in the labour market is one of the most important programmes to be adopted in the Gulf.