The meeting, which was also attended by Sean Rush, President and CEO of US-based Junior Achievement Worldwide (JAW); INJAZ’s parent organization, Soraya Salti, MENA Regional Director of INJAZ Al-Arab and Akef Aqrabawi, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of INJAZ Al-Arab, showcased success stories of 14 young entrepreneurs from different countries including Jordan, Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, KSA, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Qatar, Yemen and Oman.
Queen Rania praised the role of INJAZ and stressed the importance of its programs in providing youth with various job opportunities, which is considered to be one of the biggest challenges Arab youth face today.
Her Majesty also emphasized the importance of featuring INJAZ’s different training courses on Edraak’s platform in order to benefit the highest possible number of Arab youth.
Also during the session, attendees watched a short video highlighting INJAZ Al-Arab’s key achievements. Since its launch in Jordan in 2004, the organisation has reached 2 million students with the support of more than 22,000 volunteers from 14 countries in the MENA region, in addition to Pakistan.
Marking the occasion, Soraya Salti said “We would not be here today without the support of Her Majesty and her belief in our mission to plant the seeds of entrepreneurship and promote it among our youth to encourage self-employment and the creation of more jobs.”
Aqrabawi also said that “Our students represent the spirit of experimentation and leadership in the Arab world, which is not only essential in creating jobs and offering entrepreneurial opportunities for our youth, this spirit is at the core of a youth-led economic renaissance.”