Saudi businesswomen to meet Dutch counterparts to develop leadership skills

The delegation will include six businesswomen from the Kingdom, who will join a group of six businesswomen from the UAE. (Twitter: @JoostReintjes)
Updated 03 May 2018
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Saudi businesswomen to meet Dutch counterparts to develop leadership skills

  • We have started this because the role of women in Saudi society is now changing: Dutch Ambassador
  • Reintjes said 60 years ago, the position of women in the Dutch labor market was completely different. “Now they can do what they want.

RIYADH: A delegation of Saudi businesswomen will travel to the Netherlands next week to meet their Dutch counterparts, visit companies and share experiences that will be helpful in developing business leadership skills.

The trip is being organized by the Netherlands Embassy in Riyadh. 

Dutch Ambassador Joost Reintjes said: “We have started this because the role of women in Saudi society is now changing. It is not only about allowing them to drive, but also about work culture, business, and entrepreneurship. There are a lot more Saudi women running their own companies or starting their businesses.

“The idea is that a group of businesswomen from different Saudi sectors will be in the Netherlands from May 6 to May 11. They will meet business partners, officials, visit companies, different places, they have a meeting with the Amsterdam mayor and they will explain to their Dutch counterparts, including female entrepreneurs from Holland, what is happening in Saudi Arabia.”

He said the delegation will include six businesswomen from the Kingdom, who will join a group of six businesswomen from the UAE.

Reintjes said 60 years ago, the position of women in the Dutch labor market was completely different. “Now they can do what they want. The situation in the Kingdom is also changing,” he added.

Marene Madi, an adviser on educational and economic affairs at the embassy, said: “The program is mainly a combination of official and business visits. During the official visits, they will meet members from the ministry and representatives from government entities, while on business visits they will meet their counterparts in the Netherlands to share their experiences, discuss market opportunities and future partnership.”

A member of the delegation, Maha Sulaiman Al-Nuhait, co-founder and CEO of Athar, a consultancy for sustainability and corporate social responsibility, told Arab News: “We are looking forward to this, having a wonderful time with our Dutch counterparts, sharing our experiences and exchanging ideas on business development.”


Finance officials meet to map out Saudi Arabia’s budget plans

Updated 19 April 2019
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Finance officials meet to map out Saudi Arabia’s budget plans

  • Finance representatives of 150 government bodies meet for the Budget Forum 2020

RIYADH: Saudi finance chiefs have kicked off a major conference in the capital aimed at mapping out the Kingdom’s budget requirements.
Around 300 specialists representing 150 government bodies met at the InterContinental hotel in Riyadh for the Budget Forum 2020.
Minister of Finance Mohammed Al-Jadaan welcomed delegates to the second edition of the gathering organized by the Saudi Finance Ministry under the slogan “Partnership and Empowerment.”
Al-Jadaan said the ministry was focused on “partnership and commitment,” and sought to share the challenge of developing an effective budget to achieve the Kingdom’s ambitious goals.
“We are also committed to empowering financial leaderships to learn about the ministry’s programs and projects and provide training and qualification opportunities to the best international standards,” he added.
The finance chief said the budget planning process required the collaboration of multiple authorities and a clear strategy based on transparency. 
Items up for discussion at the forum included financial planning in governmental bodies, automation, and the promotion of revenues and efficient spending.
Finance Ministry steering committee chairman, Abdul Aziz bin Saleh Al-Freih, stressed the importance of the forum in getting the ball rolling at an early stage on formulating a general state budget.
Workshops were held on the sidelines of the conference focused on empowering government organizations, and a training program on financial planning and income estimations was also staged.