2005 News Story

Makkah Governor pledges support for women in business

  Prince Abdulmajeed visits Jeddah center for businesswomen, June 7, 2005

Governor of Makkah Province Prince Abdulmajeed bin Abdulaziz, during a visit to the businesswomen's center at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI), pledged his support for its activities, wishing the center “every success in accomplishing its plans and programs within the framework of our customs and traditions and without violating the teachings of our Islamic religion”. The Center offers services to the city’s 5,000 or more businesswomen, including training programs.

The Center’s chairman Muhammad Abdulqader Al-Fadel explained that the services focused on developing the skills of women who are, or who wish to be, in business, as well as helping women run businesses from home and offering support to firms run by women by facilitating finance, information, and bureaucratic procedures. Currently benefiting from the Center’s services are 457 women-run enterprises, including 275 operated from home. JCCI Secretary-General Muhammad Al-Sharif commented that the Center had found jobs for 400 women, and is processing about one thousand other job applications.