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Economic empowerment of women first step for development of nations Women entrepreneurs

Islamabad, October 11, 2012 (PPI-OT): Secretary, Ministry of Commerce, Munir Qureshi on Thursday said all developed countries prospered by economically empowering women realising which the government is taking all possible steps to ensure their progress.

Women have the potential to change their own economic status, as well as that of the communities and countries in which they live, their economic contributions should not go unrecognized and their work shouldn’t be undervalued, he said.

Talking to a delegation of businesswomen led by Samina Fazil, founder president Islamabad Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IWCCI), Secretary Commerce said that women should explore opportunities in India, Iraq and Libya.

Munir Qureshi said that the government will continue to facilitate businesswomen, increase gender integration and facilitate domestic as well as cross border trade.

Female entrepreneurs deserve to have global opportunities in the trade sector for which they would be helped to overcome all constraints, he added. At the occasion, Samina Fazil sought government’s support for Product Development Hub, Display Centre and help by Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP).

The secretary commerce assured full support and directed TDAP to include women entrepreneurs in trade delegations, reconsider rules and regulations so that they can encourage business activities and provide concession to women in expos organised by TDAP.

Entire nations can also better their chance of becoming stronger players in the global marketplace by eliminating inequalities which will be a great factor in reduction in poverty rates, he observed.

President IWCCI Farida Rashid said that Pakistan enjoys a strong comparative advantage vis-à-vis India in cotton, cotton-based products, leather and rice, all we need is some support.

Lack of information on commodities, trading environment and the policy regimes in the two countries should be clearer for increased trade, she observed.

For more information, contact:
Samina Fazil
President
Islamabad Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Mobile: +92323 5343199
Tel: +9251 2252256

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