MENA Arab Banking and Financial Week - “Public Private Partnership for achieving SDGs” 12th-16th November 2018 private sector contribution in financing sustainable development in its various forms. Under the patronage of H.E. Mr. Saad Hariri, the Prime Minister of Lebanon, the Union of Arab Banks has organized the “MENA Arab Banking and financial week: Public Private Partnerships for Achieving SDG‟s” in Beirut from Nov 12th – 16th , which also coincides with the UAB‟s 45th Anniversary. The financial week encompassed a number of events on the side of the main event; The “Annual Arab Banking Conference 2018”which was organized in cooperation with UNIDO Investment & Technology Promotion Office in Bahrain, the Union of Arab Chamber‟s, the Global Entrepreneurship Network and the Arab International Center for Entrepreneurship and Investment in Bahrain. Among many others. The topics of discussion included; Sustainable Development Challenges facing the Arab Region; Partnership for Development; The Legislative and institutional frameworks necessary for The Annual Arab Banking Conference 15th -16th November 2018 Phoenicia Hotel, Beirut, Lebanon Under the patronage of H.E. Mr. Saad Hariri, the Prime Minister of Lebanon and on the occasion of the 45th Anniversary of the Union of Arab Banks; The United Nations Industrial Development Organization, Investment & Technology Promotion Office in Bahrain and Global Entrepreneurship Week are coorganizing The Annual Arab Banking Conference under the theme “Participation of the Private Sector in Achieving SDGs”. The Annual Arab Banking Conference aimed to develop a road-map to deal with the economic and social challenges in the Arab region, and to highlight the importance of the Arab 10 the success of partnerships; and “Financial Inclusion for Women & Youth in the MENA Regio” which was chaired by Dr. Hashim Hussein, Head UNIDO ITPO Bahrainand it included a number of officials and international experts; namely; Dr. Khaled Hanafy, Secretary General, Union of Arab Chambers; Ms. Buke Cuhadar, Vice President, Global Entrepreneurship Network, USA; Dr. Abla Abdel Latif, Chair Presidential Advisory Council for Economic Development, Egypt; and Mr. Baybars Altuntas, Chairman, World Business Angels Investment Forum. In addition to that the panel featured successful case studies where the Bahrain Model is being implemented like the Mohamed 5th Foundation in Morocco, the Development Fund in Mauritania, the Family Bank in Sudan and the Lebanon Fund for Development & Innovation. It is worth noting that the outcomes and recommendations of the panel will be officially submitted to the 2019 Arab Economic and Social Development summit to be held in Beirut.

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