Leaders of women business communities to discuss successful models

Leaders of women business communities to discuss successful models

The international forum ‘Increasing the Contribution of Women to Economic Growth and Prosperity: Creating an Enabling Environment’, which will start on 23 May in St. Petersburg, will serve as another discussion platform that can identify the necessary conditions for creating a favourable policy and business climate for women entrepreneurs. It was initiated by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Women’s Business Development Committee of OPORA Russia, and the Roscongress Foundation. The event will be held as part of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF 2018) with the financial support of the Russian Federation.

The Forum participants will share best practices in innovative business models that promote the empowerment of women in the economic sector, discuss possible solutions to typical problems faced by women entrepreneurs in the modern business world, and show what is helping business women to achieve success today using specific examples.

Another key objective of the meeting is to promote a dialogue among representatives of government structures and the business community on the benefits of women’s participation in the modern economy and their experience in responding to the moods of the global market. The Forum will address such issues as how to better realize the potential of women entrepreneurs in the context of the national economy and at the international level, what kind of positive contribution they make to the ‘smart’ economy, and how UNIDO and its partners assess the possibility of forming global alliances for the economic empowerment of women.

Speakers and experts include Deputy Chairperson of the Federation Council Galina Karelova, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Gulnaz Kadyrova, UNIDO Chief of the Regional Division for Europe and Central Asia Jacek Cukrowski, UNIDO Goodwill Ambassador for Industrialization in Africa and CEO of the Made in Africa initiative Helen Hai, President of the Centre for Sustainability and Gender Economics in Spain Africa Zanella, Manager of the BRICS Working Group on Digital Economics Anna Nesterova, Founder of the Association for Women’s Total Advancement & Development (AWTAD) Shereen Allam, representatives of women’s business communities in Europe, Central Asia, and Africa, deputies from the State Duma and the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg as well as women business leaders.

The international dialogue of women from different countries will continue in September during the Second Eurasian Women’s Forum in St. Petersburg.

Tina Stankevich, Eurasian Women’s Community Information Agency