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The Global En­tre­pre­neur Mon­i­tor (GEM) serves as a mea­sure of en­tre­pre­neur ac­tiv­ity in adults (18-64) from var­i­ous coun­tries. The GEM report of 2010 cat­e­go­rized Pak­istan in the ‘fac­tor­driven economies’, thereby sug­gest­ing that, as com­pared to other coun­tries with sim­i­lar eco­nomic con­di­tions, Pak­istan lacks the re­quired fer­vour and de­ter­mi­na­tion in terms of en­tre­pre­neur­ial ac­tiv­i­ties. Fur­ther­more, the report also sug­gested that there was a ma­jor gen­der gap preva­lent in Pak­istani so­ci­ety. How­ever, the Shell Tameer Award Cer­e­mony held on 16th march 2012 proved oth­er­wise.

The Shell Tameer Award served as a plat­form for young en­trepreneurs (18-32) to dis­play their busi­ness skills. There were around 1,000 par­tic­i­pants, out of which ten were rec­og­nized for their per­sis­tent ef­forts. Not only were their ef­forts rec­og­nized and ap­pre­ci­ated, the award win­ning in­di­vid­u­als also had the hon­our to share their strug­gles and ex­pe­ri­ences with the au­di­ence, pro­vid­ing them with a greater in­sight into their trans­for­ma­tional jour­ney.

Amidst the vi­cious cy­cles of es­ca­lat­ing poverty due to ris­ing un­em­ploy­ment, there is a dire need for our na­tion to sup­port and en­cour­age any en­tre­pre­neur­ial ac­tiv­ity in our so­ci­ety. The weak econ­omy has in­stilled fear in most in­di­vid­u­als, re­strict­ing them to their com­fort zones. En­trepreneur­ship should be about step­ping out of those tried and tested zones of com­fort which barely al­low us to meet our re­quire­ments; we should in­stead take risks that have never been taken be­fore.

The Shell Tameer Awards brought those risk tak­ers un­der the lime­light. In­di­vid­u­als like Mo­ham­mad Adnan Butt, Ab­dul Rehman, Maleeha Nasir, Salma Rahim and many oth­ers proved the GEM report wrong, not merely in terms of the level of de­ter­mi­na­tion and en­thu­si­asm but also in terms of the sup­posed gen­der gap. The re­sults negated the find­ings of the re­search con­ducted by Roomi and Par­rot ( 2008). Their re­sults had showed that ow­ing to sev­eral re­stric­tions im­posed on women, stem­ming out of the pa­tri­ar­chal na­ture of our so­ci­ety, women in gen­eral re­main de­prived of many op­por­tu­ni­ties which are in com­par­i­son read­ily avail­able for men. Out of the ten in­di­vid­u­als awarded that night, five of them were fe­males, prov­ing that women are also mak­ing a mark in var­i­ous fields.

Re­cently, Pak­istan’s en­tre­pre­neur­ial pas­sion was also com­mended by the US Sec­re­tary of State Hil­lary Clinto and the US Am­bas­sador Cameron Munter at the Pak­istan Young En­trepreneurs Fo­rum ( YEF). The event was or­ga­nized by the joint col­lab­o­ra­tion of Is­lam­abad Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try and the US Em­bassy. The un­der­ly­ing theme of the con­fer­ence was ‘’ In­spir­ing a New Wave of En­trepreneur­ship”, par­tic­u­larly amongst young­sters, since it is di­rectly linked with the ‘ eco­nomic growth, peace and pros­per­ity’. The con­fer­ence en­cour­aged women’s en­trepreneur­ship and also fo­cused on the need to es­tab­lish busi­ness ties with the Di­as­po­ras.

Be­sides the ap­pre­ci­a­tion and recog­ni­tion, the awards also served as an in­cen­tive, pro­mot­ing healthy com­pe­ti­tion and in­still­ing pas­sion to work harder. The Bri­tish High Com­mis­sioner, who was the chief guest, was im­pressed by the amount of tal­ent in the young gen­er­a­tion, and said he would con­vince ‘ timid’ Bri­tish com­pa­nies to be­come one of the largest in­vestors in Pak­istan. Awards were given lon the ba­sis of how much an in­di­vid­ual’s busi­ness helped other com­mu­ni­ties. This in­fused pas­sion in many in­di­vid­u­als to help oth­ers.

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