The Businesswomen Association (QBWA) organised the Qatari Turkish High-Level Women Event on Wednesday, in honour of the visit of First Lady Emine Erdogan, who is accompanying the President of the Turkish Republic Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during his official visit to the country, which aims at discussing ways to enhance economic and investment relations between the two countries and ways to support and develop them to include all sectors.
At the beginning of the meeting, Aisha al Fardan, Vice-President of the Qatari Businesswomen Association, welcomed First Lady Erdoğan and all the guests. In her speech, she spoke about the strategic relations between the two brotherly countries, which witnessed great development at various levels under the auspices of the leaders of the two countries, as well as areas of cooperation that included all political and economic sectors.
She said, “The two economies have become more significant trading partners for each other, and this is evidenced by the total volume of the bilateral trade of both countries”
Aisha added, “QBWA was keen to hold this event today to build bridges of communication and strengthen the bonds of brotherhood and friendship between the women in both countries, as women play a key role in all political, economic and social fields, and have become responsible alongside men, of developing the society and achieving sustainable development, and we in the Qatari Businesswomen Association are working hard to build this platform, which has become a main link between the most important local and international partners and businesswomen in Qatar, and we are always keen to work with our partners around the world to create new opportunities for everyone”
Emine pointed to the deep-rooted friendship between Qatar and Turkey, stressing that the mutual dialogue between the two countries is gaining momentum each day.
During her speech, the first lady said, “In Turkey, there are investment opportunities in many areas such as tourism, machinery, agriculture, food, information and communication technology. In addition, we are a very strong country in sectors such as real estate, pharma, hotels, restaurants and fashion.
“I believe that all these areas may attract many Qatari businesswomen who are looking for investment and cooperation opportunities”
Emine highlighted another important point during her speech when she said, “When we say development today, the first thing that comes to our mind is the empowerment of women.
“There is a direct relationship between sustainable development and the economic and social empowerment of women. With the increase in the number of socially and economically advanced women, we are witnessing multiple Dimensional transformations from our social structure to production systems”
Aisha added that the Investment Office of the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey, which was established by the President in 2006, is of great importance in facilitating the investment process, and the President directly manages it. The office has several representatives around the world, represented in the State of Qatar by Elif Sukkar.
The investment office is located in the Qatar Financial Center and facilitates all procedures for Qatari investors.
Emine also extended an invitation to QBWA to visit Turkey and exchange experiences with the Turkish side, explore new investment opportunities and study potential projects, ideas and proposals that would provide an added value to the national economy and raise the level of economic cooperation aligned with the aspirations of the Qatari and Turkish people.
Awatef al Dafaa, QBWA board member also emphasised that Qatari women have made a clear imprint in all business aspects and have become a key player in both the public and private institutions,
“As you can always find the female component in every entity, company or ministry almost equal to men. she has proven her presence and effectiveness in all the positions she tackled at a time when the state provided, as much as possible, a working environment that suits the family role of Qatari women and works to encourage equality and bridge the gender gap, adding that “Qatari women were able during the last period to remarkably achieve balance in the equation of family, leadership and entrepreneurship.”
During the meeting, the participants valued the pioneering role played by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser in the field of developing the human value of women, stressing that Her Highness paid great attention to all aspects aimed at highlighting the role of Qatari women and motivating them to improve their social burdens and participate in public life.