Forum Theme

Achieving the SDGs through Promoting Entrepreneurship & Innovation

What are the Sustainable Development Goals?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

These 17 Goals build on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals, while including new areas such as climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace and justice, among other priorities. The goals are interconnected - often the key to success on one will involve tackling issues more commonly associated with another.

"Sustainable Development Goals." UNDP. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 July 2017


The World Entrepreneurs Investment Forum 2017 is organized with the goal of developing partnerships between entrepreneurs, and sharing international best practices and successes on entrepreneurship & innovation. The Forum will facilitate access to finance and allow developmental funds/financial institutions to get a closer understanding of linking financial to non-financial services towards development of entrepreneurs and MSMEs, furthering the prominence of Bahrain as a financial hub.

Forum Sub-themes:


Maritime-Continental Silk Road

Through the ITPO Bahrain role - as a secretariat to the MCSR Entrepreneurs Alliance, functioning under the umbrella of the MCSR Cities Alliance - the Forum will aim at revitalizing the economic ties of the countries of East and West of the traditional Maritime-Continental Silk Road by developing partnerships between entrepreneurs and disseminating best practices, while facilitating access to finance and allowing developmental funds/financial institutions to get a closer understanding of linking financial to non-financial services towards MSMEs.
The MCSR Entrepreneurs Alliance is an institutional mechanism aimed at facililating the coordination of policies, building of partnerships, formulation of initiatives and access to finance, leading to intensified trade, investment and exchange among MSCR cities. The alliance aims at creating a platform for entrepreneurs and financial institutions.

Global Impact Investing

The Forum will also present the concept of "Global Impact Investing" and its role in realizing the United Nations' SDGs, thereby alleviating the tremendous cost of solving the world's most critical problems, including an estimated $2.5 trillion annual funding gap needed to achieve the SDGs in developing countries alone. The Forum will stress the importance in private capital through financial institutions, private investors and entrepreneurs towards filling this gap and address the pressing global challenges.

Women in Industry

The Forum will address the challenges, threats and opportunities facing women in their endeavors to be more active in the industrial arena, including: access to financial resources and new technologies, building support networks, improving technical and managerial skills and addressing social and cultural barriers. It will focus on the role of female entrepreneurs, partnerships for development, and the implications for achieving the 2030 agenda, in particular SDG 9 on industry, innovation and infrastructure.