Dubai | February 16-17, 2020

The Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) will hold its next regional summit in Dubai from February 16-17, 2020. Focusing on women entrepreneurs in the Middle East and North Africa region, the We-Fi MENA Regional Summit will be co-organized with the Dubai Women Establishment during the Global Women’s Forum Dubai 2020, a global two-day event themed ‘The Power of Influence’.

Recognizing challenges such as lack of access to financing and markets, and legal barriers facing women business owners, the We-Fi MENA Regional Summit aims to spur action in order to accelerate women’s opportunity to thrive as entrepreneurs in the region and beyond. It will also showcase programs that help women entrepreneurs overcome finance and market obstacles, as well as advancing policies that tackle regulatory hurdles.

In collaboration with Implementing Partners including the African Development Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Islamic Development Bank and the World Bank Group (including the International Finance Corporation), the We-Fi Regional Summit will bring together high-level government representatives, leaders from international organizations, private and public-sector partners, We-Fi Leadership Champions, and women entrepreneurs from the MENA region. The 2020 Summit follows a productive We-Fi West Africa Regional Summit, held in Côte d’Ivoire in April 2019 which attracted hundreds of leaders from the public and private sectors.

(Pre-registration for the Summit is now closed. For inquiries, please contact we-fi@worldbankgroup.org)

Data, Partnerships, and Results Are Central at We-Fi’s Regional Summit

The challenges to realizing gender equality around the world are many and complex.  Nowhere is this more so than in the Middle East and North Africa Region (MENA), where women only generate 18 percent of GDP, compared to a world average of 37 percent.  Fortunately, more and more countries in MENA and around the world recognize that they will never reach their potential without the full and equal participation of men and women. Read More…