Businesswomen converge on Syria

Women in Business International Forum that to take place from May 20 to 22.

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By  David Robinson Published  April 19, 2005

More than 200 businesswomen from Syria and abroad will converge at the Omayad Conference Palace Damascus for the Women in Business International Forum that will take place from May 20 to 22. The event, which is under the patronage of Mrs Asma Al Assad, the first lady of Syria, will be organised and hosted by Women in Business International (WiB), in conjunction with Al Mawred and the British Syrian Society. Al Mawred says the Syrian businesswomen stand to benefit greatly from the forum. This year keynote speakers will include: HRH Shaikha Mozza Al Misnad of Qatar, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammed - former prime minister of Malaysia, Prof Wangari Maathai MP - Nobel Peace Prize Laureate , Asst Minister of Environment and Natural Resources -Kenya, Cherie Blair QC and Nasreen Berwari -Minister for Municipalities - Iraq. During the forum a number of key topics from various business sectors will be presented by a number of distinguished business personalities. The topics covered will include: • International Regulations and Global Trade • IT and New Technology • Developing Businesses with Environmental Benefits • The Science of Public Relations • Developments in Healthcare: Challenges, Changes and Opportunities • Community Development - Social Welfare or a Business? • Developing Human Potential - Human Resource Training • Developing Leading Global Businesses through Marketing and Branding “The forum, which will feature business leaders from the UK, Europe, Middle East and other countries mainly involved in business sectors such as oil and energy, health, marketing branding and tourism, will open opportunities for our women in terms of accessing international markets for their products,” stated Al Mawred. “Also, Syrian women will have the opportunity to share with other participants from other parts of the world their successful business models and be able to benchmark their enterprises against those of the world.” Ahmed Suleiman MBE, founder of Women In Business International, said: 'The forum will provide a platform for businesswomen to exchange views, experiences, expertise, knowledge and for promotion of bi-lateral business opportunities between all the participants whether on an individual basis or country specific. “We have just completed the first pan-african Women in Business Forum in South Africa which was extremely successful. We have already received a number of potential delegates to come to the next Forum in Syria.” The forum will attract businesswomen delegates from at least 20 Countries, including Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE, Oman, Jordan, Lebanon, Bahrain, Iran, South Africa, UK, US and Europe. Uniquely, the Damascus Forum will feature a business to business exhibition for delegates to promote their products and services.

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