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United Nations High Commissioner
for Refugees (UNHCR)to hold an event in
partnership with Alghanim Industries

  • 12 April 2017

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to hold an event in partnership with Alghanim Industries

To discuss the role of Kuwait's private sector in aiding refugees

Kuwait, 12 April 2017: The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced today that it will be holding an event under the title "The Role of the Kuwaiti Private Sector in Humanitarian Response to Refugee Crisis in the MENA Region". The event will be held in partnership with Alghanim Industries, one of the largest privately owned companies in the region, on 19 April 2017 at the United Nations House in Mishref.

As part of the event, a discussion panel will be held that will include Chief Executive Officer of Alghanim Industries, Omar Kutayba Alghanim, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Agility, Tarek Sultan, and Head of Private Sector Partnerships, MENA at UNHCR, Houssam Chahin. The discussion will revolve around finding solutions for the refugee crisis and how the private sector can help in aiding the refugees during this difficult period. It will be moderated by Afsin Yurdakul, the news anchor at Turkey's Haberturk News Network.

A number of leading Kuwaiti figures in the humanitarian relief and charity sectors will be attending the event, as well as ambassadors and representatives from several ministries and companies, in addition to members of the media.

Head of the UNHCR Office in Kuwait, Dr. Hanan Hamdan, highlighted the importance of the meeting and said: "In light of the biggest refugee crisis since the Second World War, and with the number of refugees and internally displaced persons around the world reaching over 65 million, the UNHCR, in partnership with Alghanim Industries, will be holding a discussion panel in Kuwait, The international Humanitarian Center, entitled ‘The Role of the Kuwaiti Private Sector in Humanitarian Response to Refugee Crisis in the MENA Region'. The event will be held under the patronage of HH the Emir of Kuwait and Humanitarian Leader, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, and with the leadership of the honorable Mr. Omar Alghanim, along with a panel of leading economic experts from Kuwait in order to discuss social responsibility initiatives lead by the private sector to alleviate the impact of this tragic, global humanitarian crisis."

It is worth noting that the number of Syrian refugees in host countries has surpassed 5 million as of today, with more than 6.5 million people were internally displaced inside Syria. According to United Nations reports from 2016, 90% of Syrian refugees in Lebanon are in debt, borrowing to meet their basic needs.

About Alghanim Industries:

Alghanim Industries is one of the oldest and largest, privately-owned companies in the MENA region. Founded at the turn of the century, in Kuwait, the company today employs more than 14,000 people in 30 businesses across 40 countries in the Middle East, North Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia.

Alghanim Industries is a market leader in almost every major sector of its operations, which include: engineering, retail, automotive sales and service, insulation and pre-engineered steel building structures, logistics and warehousing, fast moving consumer goods, food & beverage, oil & gas, office automation, advertising, insurance, consumer credit and travel. The company is actively growing its brand portfolio, with a focus on top-tier global partners. Among them: Avis, British Airways, British Petroleum, Cathay Pacific, Daewoo, Honda, Saint-Gobain and Toshiba. Additionally, Alghanim Industries has created a number of successful regional businesses, including X-cite (consumer electronics), and Safat Home (lifestyle and home furniture).

About UNHCR:

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, also known as the UN refugee agency, was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. UNHCR safeguards the rights and well-being of refugees. In more than six decades, the agency has helped tens of millions of people restart their lives. It also has a mandate to help people who have become forcibly displaced inside their own countries, and stateless people. UNHCR is on the front lines of the world's major humanitarian crises, including Syria, Mali, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and countless other emergencies.


For more information, please contact:

Reem AlGshat – Corporate Communications at Alghanim Industries ralgshat@alghanim.com00965 60650205

Loulwah Al-Tarkeet - External Relations Associate tarkeet@unhcr.org00965 97268833

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