DEA Deutsche Erdoel AG and the Suez Oil Company (SUCO) launched a symposium during March to celebrate International Women’s Day, highlighting the achievements of Egyptian women, with a special focus on women in the oil and gas sector, Egypt Oil & Gas reports.

“Women in Egypt benefited from the governmental efforts dedicated to support them. They managed to achieve great success in recent years, especially with support of the Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum in the oil field. In light of our responsibility to support the Egyptian society in general, we seek to put more effort into maximizing the current and future roles played by women,” stated Sameh Sabri, General Manager of DEA Egypt.

DEA announced that the symposium tackled new methods that empower women’s achievements and enhance their role in society so that they are encouraged to take on more opportunities. The cooperation between DEA and SUCO is raising awareness in Egypt on the importance of women’s impact on society by holding seminars and conferences that highlight their success stories.

During the symposium, SUCO and DEA said that they give their full support to the Egyptian women with many technical and financial contributions that endorse women at work as well as in educational projects.

During the event, Sabri expressed his gratitude for SUCO for their outstanding organization of the symposium. He also thanked the attendees who responded to the invitation, participated in the symposium and shared their experience in various fields with other women. DEA seeks to empower women as they are fully aware of the benefits that will be brought from their empowerment.

The symposium was attended by prominent Egyptian figures including; Amira Al-Mazni, former Vice Chairman for Gas Regulatory Affairs in Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS); Anissa Hassouna, member of the Egyptian Parliament; and Elham Ibrahim, former AU Commissioner for Energy and Infrastructure.

“DEA has been working in Egypt for 45 years. And over the years, we have participated in the development and modernization of the petroleum sector, empowering women and increasing their contribution to energy-related activities. Our efforts have been crowned with great success, especially after the Egyptian government announced that the percentage of women working in the sector increased to 30%, marking a significant growth.” said Sabri.

“We are committed to work in Egypt as a long-term investor. We pledge to continue our constructive role in encouraging and supporting female employees to achieve greater achievements, which comes as part of wider efforts dedicated to support charitable projects and contribute to the long-term social and economic development of Egyptian society,” he added.

Egypt has declared the year 2017 to be the year of Egyptian women as it paved the way for the National Strategy for the Empowerment of Egyptian Women 2030, affirming the symposium’s support to the Egyptian government in promoting women’s role. Furthermore, the Egyptian government has mandated all state companies and the National Council for Women to work on implementing strategic plans, programs, and projects.

DEA Deutsche Erdoel AG headquartered in Hamburg, Germany is an internationally operating exploration and production (E&P) company for natural gas and crude oil. It has been operating in Egypt since 1974 and has invested billions of dollars in joint projects to develop Egypt’s oil and gas fields. The company has produced hundreds of millions of oil barrels in the country using the latest drilling and production techniques, taking advantage of its extensive experience in 120-years of experience in Europe, North Africa, and Latin America.

Suez Oil Company (SUCO) is the operating partner of all projects between DEA and the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation. It develops a large number of oil fields in Egypt while adhering to environmental standards and maintaining the health and safety of its employees.