RAWALPINDI: A coffee morning was arranged by Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) for women entrepreneurs to discuss the issues and hurdles to economic empowerment of women here at chamber house yesterday.
Ambassador of Nepal Sewa Lamsel Adhikari was the chief guest on the occasion. The function was largely attended by the businesswomen from the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad and the Potohar region.
The basic aim of the function was to create awareness among the women about the opportunities available in the business sector besides providing them opportunity to present their problems.
Speaking on the occasion, Nepal envoy Sewa Lamsal said that the Nepal government supported Pakistan’s efforts to increase regional trade and investment. Both countries enjoy good relations and Pakistan and Nepal have strong historical relationship due to old Gandhara civilisation, she added.
“The lives of Pakistani women are changing rapidly. It will be vital for a prosperous Pakistan to facilitate an environment which provides enough economic opportunities to engage women,” she said.
She lauded RCCI for establishing Women Business Incubation Center (WBIC) to help women entrepreneurs to establish and run their own businesses. She assured her full support and cooperation in this regard.
RCCI president Zahid Latif Khan in his address said that creating opportunities and empowering women in entrepreneurship had always been Chamber’s priority.
“The main purpose of this initiative is to provide women a platform to excel in the field of entrepreneurship,” he said.
While highlighting key activities of RCCI, Zahid Latif said recently they organised All Pakistan Women Presidents Chamber Summit to highlight various issues particularly being confronted by the businesswomen including the importance of unity and cooperation between the women chambers for nation building.
He said RCCI being a proactive business facilitation entity, believed in identifying and functionalising such forums for women entrepreneurs to get into the mainstream of the economy.
President thanked the participants of coffee morning and said that an active participation of women entrepreneurs is required to make such sessions a successful event.
Addressing participants, Chairperson Women Committee of RCCI Ms Sadia Zia said that the Rawalpindi chamber always supported women and had provided a platform to come forward and play their leading role.
She urged participants to increase the level of interaction and bring more awareness among women and enrolled them under RCCI platform.