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UNIDO International Forum on contribution of women to economic growth to be held at SPIEF

April 19, 2018, 15:35 UTC+3
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On 23 May 2018, during the starting day of Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Roscongress Foundation will hold an International Forum “Increasing the contribution of women to economic growth and prosperity: Creating an enabling environment”. This event is supported by Opora Rossii’s Committee for Women’s Entrepreneurship Development.

Women's entrepreneurship is a key element of global economic development. The International Labour Organization states that women make up a third of all entrepreneurs in the world and over 37% of cumulative GDP is achieved through their activity. Women Business Index (WBI) has been on the rise since its launch in 2015. Today, the global potential for women's entrepreneurship is higher than ever. This Forum is a unique opportunity to exchange information, as well as establish and reinforce business contacts and global cooperation.

Roscongress Foundation and UNIDO already have a history of successful collaborations. Last year Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum welcomed highly representative UNIDO delegations that gathered at interregional forums to discuss small and medium business cooperation in Russia and Latin America. At the same time, a similar forum dedicated to women’s entrepreneurship in Europe and Arab countries took place at the sidelines of SPIEF. In 2017, UNIDO Interregional Forum brought over 200 participants to the SPIEF. Delegates ascertained the timeliness and the relevance of the event’s agenda. As noted by Her Highness Hessa Saad Al-Abdullah Al Salem Al-Sabah, the President of the Council of Arab Businesswomen: “Our activity aims at female economic empowerment, as well as at assisting women in acquiring skills and getting access to resources necessary for entrepreneurship. Today opens an amazing opportunity for Russian businesses to expand to the Arab countries, as well as for the Arab countries’ businesses to join the Russian market”.

Female entrepreneurs’ consolidation will be discussed at the 2nd Eurasian Women's Forum that will take place on 20-21 September, 2018 in Saint Petersburg.

For details go to the official website of the Forum:

Roscongress Foundation – a major organizer of congress and exhibition events

The Roscongress Foundation was founded in 2007 with the aim of facilitating the development of Russia’s economic potential and strengthening the country’s image by organizing conventions, exhibitions, and public events. The Foundation develops substantive content for such events, providing companies and organizations with advice, information, and expert guidance, and offering comprehensive evaluation, analysis, and coverage of the Russian and global economic agendas. It offers administrative services and promotional support for business projects and helps to attract investment, including in the form of public-private partnerships.

Today, its annual programme includes events held from Montevideo to Vladivostok, offering an opportunity to bring together global business leaders, experts, the media, and government officials in one place, creating favourable conditions for dialogue and the promotion of new ideas and projects, and assisting in the creation of social enterprise and charity projects.

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