6th Is­tan­bul Fo­rum stresses women en­trepreneur­ship

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he 6th Is­tan­bul Fo­rum was held on Novem­ber 1 and 2, 2011, on the theme of “Women En­trepreneur­ship” dur­ing the Tri­lat­eral Sum­mit be­tween Afghanistan, Pak­istan and Turkey. Muham­mad Ak­bar Khan Vice-pres­i­dent of the Fed­er­a­tion of Pak­istan Cham­bers of Com­merce and In­dus­try (FPCCI) and Syed Ma­sood Alam Rizvi, Sec­re­tary Gen­eral, FPCCI at­tended the fo­rum.

The Is­tan­bul Fo­rum is a tri­lat­eral di­a­logue plat­form that was es­tab­lished in Oc­to­ber 2007 fol­low­ing the first meet­ing of Afghanistan-pak­istan-turkey Tri­lat­eral Sum­mit with the pur­pose of pro­mot­ing trade in the re­gion.

Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, Muham­mad Ak­bar Khan, Vi­cePres­i­dent, FPCCI, de­scribed the sta­tus of women en­trepreneurs in Pak­istan and said that they have demon­strated their ca­pa­bil­i­ties in all do­mains. He said Be­nazir Bhutto was an ex­am­ple who con­trib­uted to­wards em­pow­er­ing women with her great vi­sion. He added that with­out the in­volve­ment of women en­trepreneurs, our coun­try can­not achieve eco­nomic sta­bil­ity and self-re­liance be­cause women con­sti­tute 52 per­cent of the to­tal pop­u­la­tion of Pak­istan. There are seven women’s cham­bers in Pak­istan that work un­der the aegis of the FPCCI, while more such cham­bers are in the pipe­line. These cham­bers work to en­cour­age and pro­vide fa­cil­i­ta­tion to women en­trepreneurs.

Muham­mad Ak­bar Khan also sug­gested that Afghanistan, Pak­istan and Turkey form a Tri­an­gu­lar Co­op­er­a­tion mech­a­nism for women en­trepreneur­ship

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