LAHORE: Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Shazia Suleman has said that the chamber is facilitating in promoting women entrepreneurs and encouraging them to work for the economic development of the country.
She expressed these views while interacting with the Lahore Economic Journalist Association (LEJA) here the other day.
“No nation can make progress unless its women are given level playing fields,” she said adding that government should help to set up WCCI independent office for more results.
She said that women normally have to face numerous issues and in this regard the chamber helps them in registering their companies.
“We have been working professionally but we have not been provided any facilitation even independent office of WCCI is not available.
Women empowerment is a common known slogan but in actual sense women entrepreneurs are not being supported and encourage instead ignored “she opined. She said that WCCI has started working to bring in circle the grass root level of women entrepreneurs.
She informed that there particulars are being collected which would be proving fruitful even at the government level.
She said that the WCCI is holding seminars on CPEC which would certainly enable women entrepreneurs to confidently execute their business.
“Prime Youth Loan Scheme’ process is difficult and due to the reasons none of the women was able to attain PYLS, ” she said adding that the process needs to be made simpler.
“Women’s are not being extended opportunities due to which the total share of the womenfolk in the country’s economy is even less than 1 percent “she said.
She demanded that special export packages should be announced to increase women export proportion in the total exports.
“We do not want independent industrial zones instead we should be given a portions in every industrial zone and we would prove ourselves,” Shiesta Azhar , a member of said of that male chauvinism has been a bottleneck in promotion of women entrepreneurs.
Shaqufta Rehman and Qasira Sheikh said that normally women enterpenurers are not being taken seriously in the society.