6th Istanbul Forum stresses women entrepreneurship
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