OIC Summit Addresses Challenges of Women Investors

Over 200 delegates from 30 countries, buy health gathered at the Eighth Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) Forum for Businesswomen, advice at Sheraton Hotel, check Kampala on Thursday.

The two-day forum brought together businesswomen and entrepreneurs to discuss the challenges they face, and to build a platform for trade and investment in financial institutions.

The summit was held in conjunction with the Islamic Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (ICCIA) and the Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (UNCCI).

This was the first time in history, that the OIC businesswomen’s forum was held outside North Africa and the Middle East.

Addressing delegates at the conference, the President of the UNCCI, Olive Kigongo, said, “This is a great opportunity for Ugandan women to learn from, and network with the visiting delegates, as well as broaden their perspectives, and strengthen their businesses.”

She noted that hosting the conference was a vote of confidence in the country and an indication of the OIC’s interest in the region.

The summit comes only months after the 31st General Assembly of the ICCIA which the UNCCI hosted in Kampala in April this year.

Etihad Airways' General Manager for Uganda, Toyin Alaran hands over a return business class ticket to Ms. Miriam Semakula, a Maketer with Jomayi Property Consultants Ltd. She won the ticket as part of a raffle draw at the Organisation of Islamic Countries (IOC) Businesswomen's Summit that took place on October 26,2015 at Sheraton Hotel in Kampala.
Etihad Airways’ General Manager for Uganda, Toyin Alaran hands over a return business class ticket to Ms. Miriam Semakula, of Jomayi Property Consultants Ltd.

The gold sponsor of the event, Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates, had a raffle draw in which they gave away Business Class tickets to Abu Dhabi.


Etihad Airways’ General Manager for Uganda, Toyin Alaran, said the Airline took part in the summit because Africa is an important market for them.

“We also believe that promoting female entrepreneurship in Uganda is critical to the development of the economy,” Alaran said.

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