Oman to host MENA Women’s Congress in October

22 Sep 2019
POSTED BY Basma Al Zadjali

September 2019, Muscat : The Public Establishment for Industrial Estates, Madayn, is all set to organize the first MENA Women’s Congress in Oman from October 14 to 16 at the Kempinski Hotel Muscat. 

Sponsored by Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), the MENA Women’s Congress will focus on empowering women through coding capabilities, while it comes under the initiative of the CTEK Foundation.

The initiative of the CTEK Foundation aims to support women in the region by crafting programs that give women opportunities to learn coding as a business through online learning, digital bonding and forming a community through women-only business incubators.

Commenting on the significance of this event, Hilal bin Hamad Al Hasani, CEO of Madayn, says, “This event is derived from one of Madayn’s key cornerstones, which is to support entrepreneurship through our incubator program such as the National Business Centre, Industrial Innovation Centre, as well as funding innovative startups. It is essential to build up and enhance capabilities of the fourth industrial revolution. In fact, these efforts reflect part of Madayn’s major objectives to develop talent and create jobs of the future within its industrial cities.”

On his part, Raoul Restucci, Managing Director of Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), stated, “PDO is committed to support programs that develop the nation and this specific program introduces and provides talented Omani women with a platform to more effectively compete at a regional and global level, and to create their own businesses.”

It should be noted that prior to the congress, a pilot website coding program will be launched in Oman for a number of Omani females from different governorates from October 8 to 13 2019.

The program aims to teach women not only how to code to get a job, but how to form an online business to create jobs for more women like themselves, and empower them with the skills to earn income from their own businesses. The congress will then discuss the outcomes of the pilot coding program and explore ways to continue enhancing coding capabilities among women in the Sultanate.

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