The UAE-UK Business Council will hold its 20th plenary meeting in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, where a partnership with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women to encourage support for women entrepreneurs in less developed countries is to be announced.

The 100,000 Women program has already secured the participation of more than 100 business leaders in the UAE, and there are plans to expand it throughout the coming year.

“There has never been a more critical time to invest in women entrepreneurs, particularly in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and the distance that remains to be covered to achieve our global gender equality goals. gender,” Lady Cherie Blair, the lawyer, writer and wife of former British Prime Minister Sir Tony Blair, said in a statement.

“Through this new partnership, the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women is excited to recruit other fantastic mentors and supporters from the United Arab Emirates to enable our programs to reach even more women entrepreneurs in low- and middle-income countries. .”

Co-led by Ahmed Al Sayegh, Minister of State of the United Arab Emirates, and Lord Udny-Lister, the event marks the anniversary of the signing of two major bilateral agreements: the partnership between the United Arab Emirates and the United United for the Future and Sovereign Investment Partnership.

The first of these aims to expand bilateral economic relations in sectors such as technology, education, healthcare and clean and renewable energy, with particular emphasis on collaboration between the two countries to address global challenges.

The Sovereign Investment Partnership between Mubadala and the UK Office for Investment has made significant investments in the technology, infrastructure and clean and renewable energy sectors in the UK over the past 12 months and plans to sustain the momentum of engagement for the remainder of the five annual program.

Climate and health campaigns launched

In addition to seeking the advancement of women’s empowerment, the plenary meeting will also address pressing issues relating to the environment and health care.

A white paper on the energy transition will be launched as well as bilateral campaigns on decarbonization and on cancer screening, diagnosis, treatment and care.

“[The UK and UAE] Bilateral trade and investment relations are becoming increasingly diverse and new opportunities for collaboration are emerging in technology and innovation-rich sectors,” Lord Udny-Lister said ahead of the meeting.

“The role of the UAE-UK Business Council is to develop and share knowledge about these trends so that the great potential unlocked by the Partnership for the Future and the Sovereign Investment Partnership can be realised.”

The spirit of collaboration was echoed by Mansoor Abulhoul, the UAE Ambassador to the UK.

“The relationship between the UAE and the UK continues to grow stronger,” he said.

“By unlocking new economic opportunities together, we will be able to future-proof our societies and address the most pressing global challenges.

“The UAE-UK Business Council plays a key role in strengthening the critically important trade and investment ties between our societies to pursue our shared vision.”

Updated: October 17, 2022, 5:19 p.m.