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Government asked to support women entrepreneurs Trade Development Authority of Pakistan’s disappointing performance irks businesswomen

Islamabad: Islamabad Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IWCCI) on Sunday said law and order situation and energy outages have taken toll on the women entrepreneurs which badly needs government’s support to revive businesses.

Businesswomen should be given relaxations so that they can play their due role in development of society, said Samina Fazil, founder President IWCCI while speaking at a hurriedly called meeting.

Newly elected President IWCCI Alia Akram, VP Naima Ansari and members of the Executive Committee Mumtaz Akhtar, Sajida Anwar, Munazza Arif, Shereen Jaweed, Samina Akhtar, Farida Rashid, Shamim Aftab and others were also present on the occasion.

Samina said that different government departments including Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) and its Women Entrepreneur Section have always claimed to facilitate and promote women entrepreneurs but the facts are otherwise.

“We don’t get any support, through promotion and facilitation which amounts to denying us of right to expand and grow,” she said.

She said that we are victim of neglect by TDAP which is frequently blamed for inefficiency, lack of direction and commitment by business community.

Heavy amount is collected in the name of Trade Development Fund but its proper utilisation remains questionable, she said.

TDAP has disappointed many exporters who have started participating in important international exhibitions on their own, Samina said adding that ministry of commerce should see why TDAP is spending huge budget without producing results.

She demanded that TDAP should provide subsidy to women entrepreneurs and include them in domestic and international trade exhibitions otherwise it will be difficult for women to participate in such events.

Pakistan will never be able to improve its share international trade unless working of departments dealing with exports is streamlined, said Samina.

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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