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Sport driver for economic development, peace: Samina Fazil

Islamabad: Founder President, Islamabad Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IWCCI) Samina Fazil on Thursday said sport and economic development and closely linked.

Pakistan should utilise sport as a tool to reach personal, community, national, regional and international development objectives, she said.

Speaking to women entrepreneur at a meeting organised to honour the visiting world’s renowned Turk rally drivers Burcu Cetinkaya, Cicek Guney, and Nahir Yilmaz, she said that sport-based initiatives can help address many challenges.

Sport, a great an economic development driver, has become part of humanitarian and development work, and corporate social responsibility practices, Samina Fazil said.

Lauding the Turkish cooperation, she said that sport can help two countries understand each other better. Sports promote tolerance and it is a cost-efficient tool to create a better world, she added.

Underlining the need to boost sports within SAARC and with other countries, she said that it will build bridges to improve the quality of lives of people.

Government should encourage sport as a means to accomplish health, education, development and peace objectives, she demanded.

Briefing participants about doing business in Turkey has achieved phenomenal growth; only 24 per cent of the women are employed but they enjoy all the rights.

Ratio of women executives in the Turkish finance industry is higher than in Germany, Italy, or France, she informed.

At the occasion, female drivers said that they have come to boost ties between Turkey and Pakistan, which is their second home. “We would participate in rallies in Pakistan and help those who want to develop skills in this sport,” they said.

Regional Director Pak Turk Businessman Association Mehmet Necmettin Durmus said that Cetinkaya has won the Turkish ladies rally championship three times with female co-driver Guney. They are the first, and currently only, all female team participating in the Intercontinental Rally Championships.

Director Pak Turk Turgut Puyani, Head of Business development, FWBL Ms Parvin M. Khan were also present on the occasion.

For more information, contact:
Samina Fazil,
Founder President,
Islamabad Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Tel: +9251 225 2256
Mobile: +92323 534 3199

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