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Saudis Try to Help Businesswomen

The Saudi national committee for womens affairs is discussing ways to remove obstacles for businesswomen, according to the London-based Arab daily A-Sharq Al-Awsat.

The most acute obstacles are the absence of basic economic information accessible for women, and the absence of day care for children.

These obstacles prevent the initiation of many industrial and commercial projects, says ‘Afaf Al-Hamdan, director of the Center for Investment Services for Women. To that end, an information bank for businesswomen will be established by the end of next year. This bank will include a library where women will be able to extract economic information. It will also have a website for those who cannot get to the bank.

More than $4 billion will be invested almost immediately in industrial and commercial projects, once the obstacles are removed, said Al-Hamdan.