Panel Session of the BRICS Women’s Business Alliance Takes Place at SPIEF

05 June 2024

On June 5, within the framework of the XXVII St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, a session of the BRICS Women’s Business Alliance “BRICS: A New Starting Point” was held, moderated by Anna Nesterova, Chairman of the Russian part of the BRICS Women’s Business Alliance.

The session was attended by the chairmen of the national chapters of the BRICS Women’s Business Alliance from Brazil, China, South Africa, Egypt, as well as the representatives of government and business circles of the BRICS countries.

“The expanded BRICS opens up new markets for entrepreneurs in the association countries, and therefore new prospects for business.
It is no coincidence that more than 10 events in the SPIEF program are dedicated to unlocking the potential for cooperation between the Top Ten countries in a variety of areas.
We appreciate that it was women entrepreneurs who had the honor of launching the BRICS theme at SPIEF,” noted Anna Nesterova.

During the session, the guests discussed new opportunities
and BRICS+ prospects for strengthening business cooperation.

Thus, opening the discussion, Galina Karelova, Chairman of the Council of the Eurasian Women’s Forum under the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, in her speech spoke about the main tools that the Eurasian Women’s Forum is ready to offer to BRICS women entrepreneurs.

Zahra Farahani, Head of the group of cooperation with international organizations of the Office of International Relations, Center for Progress and Development under the President of Iran, Zhao Haiying, Executive Vice president, senior director for strategic issues, China Investment Corporation (CIC), Chair of the Chinese Chapter of the BRICS Women’s Business Alliance and Marijan Ghali, Managing Director of Qalaa Holdings, Managing Director of Grandview Investment Holdings, Chair of the Egyptian Chapter of the BRICS Women’s Business Alliance also shared their vision of the prospects for the development of trade, economic and investment cooperation between the BRICS countries.

Separately, during the session, participants discussed the results of the BRICS Women’s Entrepreneurship Forum, which was held on June 2-4 in Moscow.
Thus, members of the Russian Chapter of the BRICS Women’s Business Alliance Lyudmila Shcherbakova, President of Velpharm Group, Elena Chashchina, Managing partner and co-owner of EPOTOS Group of Companies, and Galina Volkova, Founder of the Ortomoda group of companies, spoke about the results and main agreements reached during the panel sessions on Industry, Tourism and Inclusive Economy.

The session continued with speeches by Nadine Halabi, Business development manager of the Dubai Business Women’s Council, Engedae Eshete, President of the Association of Women Entrepreneurs of Ethiopia and Rfah Hadi Alyami, Consultant to the Ministry of Education of Saudi Arabia, during which the guests shared their vision of promising areas and projects of cooperation with taking into account the accession of the UAE, Ethiopia and Saudi Arabia
towards the BRICS .

In turn, the Chair of the South African Chapter of the BRICS Women’s Business Alliance, Lebogang Zulu, spoke about the solutions that small and medium-sized businesses need to build multilateral cooperation in the BRICS.

Summing up the discussion, Anna Nesterova once again emphasized that the task of the cooperation mechanisms operating in BRICS, one of which is the Women’s Business Alliance, is to help businesses take advantage of opportunities for development and, preserving traditions and guided by the experience accumulated over previous years, promote harmonious integration new participants in the broad BRICS business agenda.

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