The Investment and Technology Promotion Office of UNIDO in Bahrain plays an important role in this aspect.
Its mission is to mobilize financial, technological, knowledge and administrative resources from Bahrain and the Arab region to developing countries and economies in transition.
The office has continuously organized many events related to the issue of entrepreneurship in the Middle East and Africa, including Global Forum of Entrepreneurs and Investments.
Colleague Abdel Moneim Makki spoke with dr. Hashem Hussein, President, spoke Investment and Technology Promotion OfficeAt the end of the activities of the Fourth Global Forum for Entrepreneurs and Investment, held recently in Dubai as part of the Expo.
Dr. Hashem began his speech by emphasizing that entrepreneurs are the future and that they are the ones driving the wheel of development, pointing out that the ability of entrepreneurs to resist was demonstrated during the period of the spread of the Corona. pandemic, and they proved “that they have the strength and energy needed to continue, despite the turmoil that has taken place.” in supply chains.
He added that the pandemic has accelerated the issue of access to the digital revolution and the Fourth Industrial Revolution, stressing the important role that entrepreneurs play in change and development.
“I believe that real change will come from entrepreneurs if we give them the right support. The results have been clear over the last twenty years, across 52 countries around the world, where the support provided to Roda Business has been consistently successful, and it gives me credibility and confidence to work 24 hours a day to support entrepreneurship around the world.
Dr. Hussain said there has been an increase in the number of partners supporting entrepreneurs.
“The Global Entrepreneurship Forum has adopted an international character under the UN umbrella and has confirmed its sustainability. The quality of entrepreneurs, partners and experts has matured. There has also been a maturity in terms of what we need to do to to support innovation and entrepreneurship and to empower the youth and women. ”
The UN official pointed out that the current partnerships with the League of Arab States, the Federation of Arab Chambers, the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa and with a number of private sector partners have made the provision of sponsorship possible. has. to entrepreneurs.
Expo is a networking event for entrepreneurs
Dr. Hashem Hussein said the Expo, as the first of its kind organized in the Arab region and Africa, focused on the idea of connecting minds.
He pointed out that the Entrepreneurship and Investment Forum took advantage of the opportunity to be held within the activities of the Expo, as it provides an opportunity for communication of thoughts between entrepreneurs and various institutions, whether academic, serviceable or financial.
What should be done in the future?
Asked what needs to be done to increase the support provided to entrepreneurs in the Arab region, Dr. Hashem Hussein said that “what is required is the implementation of the right mechanisms to create the appropriate environment for the development of local investments, by stakeholders, with the aim of attracting foreign investment for entrepreneurs.”
Entrepreneurs are at the forefront of efforts to achieve sustainable development
The Global Entrepreneurs Investment Forum in Dubai witnessed the adoption of what was known as the “UAE Declaration”.
Among other things, the declaration calls for greater cooperation, integration and communication across the Arab world, and a focus on Arab women entrepreneurs to help achieve the goals of sustainable development by 2030. Dr. Hashem says:
“We have clearly focused on the pandemic and the challenges it has created. We have focused on the fourth industrial revolution and its role and how entrepreneurs can benefit from it. We have focused on the sectors that are important to us, namely the blue economy, the green economy, the orange economy related to innovation, fashion and jewelery, as well as information technology.The concept statement centered around the role The main role that entrepreneurs play in bringing about change and development.
Dr. Hashem Hussein has called on governments, the private sector, the media, civil society institutions, chambers of commerce and government institutions to work together to improve and provide the services needed for entrepreneurs to promote innovation and entrepreneurship.
“The success of entrepreneurs is motivation and complacency. For example, sometimes an entrepreneur comes to me and tells me that I trained him 15 years ago and that he succeeded and that his fortune exceeded a million dollars. I “find successful examples wherever I am, whether I travel to India, China or Sudan, or sit in a restaurant. I am a man of development and humanity and I strive to promote this planet.”