Bahrain Businesswomen Society (BBS) has welcomed the first official visit to India by India’s Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.

The visit emphasizes the depth of trade and investment relations between the two friendly countries, as Bahrain and India are culturally very close thanks to the travel and trading history for centuries between the two countries, the society said in a statement.

BBS Chairwoman Ahlam Janahi said that the visit is “an opportunity to bolster bilateral relations and build new partnerships that would fulfill the aspirations and ambitions of the private sector in both countries, based on Bahrain’s orientations to open up new markets and consolidate existing ones and to strengthen its trade relations globally.”

BBS said that Bahrain has a long history of freedom of women and no gender difference.

Bahrain Businesswomen Society is a society of women business owners across almost all sectors and actively working under the leadership of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa since 2000. It currently has more than 110 active members and it has multilateral relations with various trade organization globally.

“Bahrain Businesswomen’s Society had the honor to be part of the delegation in the historic visit of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa to India in May 2012. We also had the honor to be part of the delegation in the historic visit of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa to India in 2014,” the society said.

BBS has signed several Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with many associations from India.

They include the Indian Businesswomen's Association in 2014, Bahrain & India Society on November 19, 2015, the Thattai Hindu Mercantile Community (THMC) on May 2, 2019, and the Asian Arab Chamber of Commerce (AACC) on March 30, 2019.

The MoUs aims to contribute to enhancing cooperation between BBS and the other parties in developing entrepreneurship skills and professionalism in the various fields of business activities.

The BBS added that some of its members had received awards during their participation in international conferences in India.

The society said that it was looking forward to closer cooperation with India in the future and announced that it would send a delegation to attend an international conference in New Delhi in November.

“Bahrain Businesswomen's Society members are genuinely interested in working closely and productively with businesswomen organizations in India.”

The society said that it has five Indian businesswomen entrepreneur members from Indian business families - Ms. Shanthini Rahamathullah, Ms. Harsha Bhatia, Ms. Gopika Beri, Ms. Deepali Mukesh and Ms. Sanjana Bhatia.

“We are always keen on gaining greater insights, richer experiences and promising opportunities as share our areas of common interest and boost our awareness through some of the greatest drives that India is successfully running for gender justice, women empowerment, social justice, and poverty removal programs,” the society said.