By Neil King
Abu Dhabi Entrepreneurship Forum aims to encourage young business leaders
The Abu Dhabi Entrepreneurship Forum launches on 8 October, aiming to help build a knowledge-based economy and develop a generation of creative and motivated business leaders.
The two-day event is organised by the Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development under the patronage of his highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Vice Commander of the Armed Forces.
The forum will tackle a number of core issues, including the stimulation of the business environment, self-employment, boosting investment for young entrepreneurs, and supporting young people’s projects.
It will also highlight the challenges facing the sector and address means of confronting them, as well as giving SMEs access to experienced businessmen and women, and providing a great networking opportunity.
Local, regional and global entrepreneurs, government officials and representatives from the private sector and media will be in attendance, including HE Abdul Baset Al Janahi, CEO of Mohammed bin Rashid Establishment for SME Development; Clare Woodcraft, CEO of the Emirates Foundation; Badr Jafar, Managing Director of Crescent Group and co-founder of Global Gumbo Group; and Hala Fadel, chair of the MIT Enterprise Forum of the Pan Arab Region.
Chairman of the Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development, Hussein Jasim al Nuwais, said: “Out move to organise and launch the forum has been directly related to our mission and objectives of building the economics of knowledge and sustainable development, and planting the deeds of business entrepreneurship, in order to develop a creative and motivated generation and in light of the UAE’s impressive economic rise and development.
“The fund, in light of the wise directions of the government, is leading the journey of growth in this sector in the UAE in general, and in Abu Dhabi specifically, for the activation of a youthful and local entrepreneurship organization that will help in improving the business and investment sectors, and help in impacting this dynamic sector positively while catering to the needs of the national economy.”
Affluent arab leaders and business men should also focus their efforts and help entrepreneurs outside their country as well with funding and support, many off us have the ability, but not the financial muscle to become viable and improve our dreams, sad isn't it, when one has too much and another has nothing, and we the affluent will be asked by our creator, how did you use the wealth I bestowed upon you, did it benefit mankind....... may Allah's mercy be upon us all.... more duas for all those rich arabs, Allah bestow upon you all even more abundantly...aameen.