REMARKS BY PARTICIPANT AYESHA FAROUK ELBEREIR, SUDAN
Location Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- YBhg the Honorable Tun Musa Hitam, Chairman of WIEF
- YBhg Dato, Dr. Norraesah Mohamed, Chairman, WIFE Business Women Network (WBN)
- Esteemed and distinguished guests
Al Salam Aleykum wa Rahmat Allah Wa Barakatoo,
I would like to start by thanking WIEF for making it possible for all of us from different countries to attend this women entrepreneurs workshop in Kuala Lumpur, the organisers of this resourceful workshop for the wonderful efforts they have put in creating such an exceptional opportunity for everyone to be a part of. When I was asked to have the privilege of giving the speech on behalf of such an honorable audience, I was both flattered and overwhelmed since I know that I am in the presence of very inspirational and extraordinary individuals. I would like to start by thanking each and every one of you for making the experience of this workshop so worthwhile.
The world of entrepreneurship is a challenging one. With all the new technologies, developed capitalist systems and highly competitive market, and of course the global economic crisis; we all know what we are up against. We have to be innovative, determined, committed, passionate and very smart! But we also have to have the know-how and skills to pursue this very unpredictable route. Most of us attending this workshop this week know that having our own businesses can be tricky but also if done properly can be very rewarding.
As entrepreneurs we know that we have to be holistic in how we do things. We should be able to combine all that we already know and continue to learn from every single experience and opportunity around us. This workshop contributes to that journey of learning. This workshop has given us all the chance to share our knowledge from various parts of the world, listen to one another and also equip us with further skills to take home with us. This workshop is just the beginning for each and every one of us. What we make of it when we go back to our homes is what really counts.
I do not want to take up too much of your time and would like to end by saying we are all here because we have somehow dared to dream, we have dared to think outside the box and we are in the process of reaching places many of us have never dreamed we would ever be. We should keep that thought and know that we were given the opportunity to be part of something special, something that pushes us ahead and we should embrace that.
The whole team would like to give a special “thank you” and appreciation to our trainer Ms. Aiyat, who worked really hard to help us go through this course with utmost satisfaction and usefulness, we want to say to you “we love you, you were great”. We extend our appreciation to all our other trainers and to Ms. Angie who walked us through the whole training. Last but not least the great coordinators of this workshop Ms. Nor Azuwa who worked so hard with close follow up until she got us on board of this training and assisted us greatly during the workshop, trying hard to make every one of us comfortable, happy and relaxed.
Our guest speakers of course the stars of the workshop Dato, Dr. Norraesah who has showed us that there is just no impossible, to never use the word “cannot” and be proud of who we are and Ms. Juriah Jasmi who demonstrated that with patience and persistence we could lead our lives and succeed.
I want to thank each and every one of you with no exceptions for making this workshop an unforgettable experience that I will cherish for many years to come.
I sincerely hope that the amazing relationships formed during these intense days will be ones that last. I am sure that you will agree with me that this was a great workshop and I ask you all to stand up and give a well-deserved round of applause for all those who have worked very hard in order to make this workshop the success that it is.
Thank you very much.