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Women can be a force to be reckoned with in the business community
PUTRAJAYA: Women entrepreneurs can be formidable global players in the 21st century, the Prime Minister's wife said today.
Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor said that women were creative, passionate, had resolve and a great ability to remain focused in meeting the demands of the ever changing and dynamic business landscape.
"The prospect for women in business is very promising," she told delegates at the networking luncheon for the 'Power Ladies UAE-Malaysia Roundtable 2011', here.
Rosmah said while women have made tremendous strides in business, there was still room for improvement while there was also an abundance of opportunities that women entrepreneurs could explore.
As the country has a strong foundation in Islamic finance, halal products and services, health tourism, property development, and recreation among others, Rosmah hopes that the UAE business community will take advantage of such opportunities through joint collaborations between the corporate sectors of both countries.
"I understand that there is an increase in investment from UAE-based companies to explore sectors such as tourism, properties as well as oil and gas," she said.
Rosmah also said that Malaysia and UAE companies could explore investment possibilities in countries such as ASEAN, Middle East and other emerging markets.
Meanwhile Dubai Business Women Council president Raja Esa Al Gurg said UAE would continue to sustain the dynamic performances within the traditional areas of trade, such as palm oil, jewelery, electrical and electronic products as well as chemical products among others.
"We aim to capitalise on this meeting which I hope will encourage more women to play an active role in expanding the partnership," she said, adding that the bilateral exchange last year came to a total of US$6.41 billion (RM20 billion).
Abu Dhabi Business Woman Council president Fatima Obaid Al Jaber said Malaysia boasts a few advantages that sets it apart from other destinations when it came to wooing foreign investments. This included, political stability, appealing policies, transparency and good governance.
Fatima, who is also the Chief Operating Officer of the Al Jaber Group, one of the largest industrial groups in the Middle East, said she was impressed by the country's businesswomen.
"We hope that we can renew links sooner rather than later and forge ahead with our plans," she said.