LCCI links dev’t with women’s em­pow­er­ment

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LA­HORE: The coun­try could wit­ness an eco­nomic turn­around with a greater speed in these chal­leng­ing times if the women, that are more than half of the coun­try's to­tal pop­u­la­tion, are en­cour­aged to join main­stream econ­omy. Their par­tic­i­pa­tion in busi­ness will change com­plex­ion of the so­ci­ety and per­cep­tion of the coun­try.

These views were expressed by LCCI Vice Pres­i­dent Faisal Iqbal Sheikh and Con­vener Women En­trepreneurs Com­mit­tee Ms Aa­sia Saail Khan while speak­ing at the con­clud­ing cer­e­mony of two-day Women Net­work­ing Event and Ex­hi­bi­tion at the La­hore Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try.

LCCI for­mer Pres­i­dents Mian Mis­bahur Rehman, Mian Muzaffar Ali, Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee mem­bers Dr Shahid Raza and Im­ran Daud were also present on the oc­ca­sion.

They said that women con- sti­tute fifty two of the to­tal pop­u­la­tion of the coun­try but only eleven per cent are en­gaged in busi­ness ac­tiv­ity and are con­tribut­ing to na­tional econ­omy while re­main­ing have been con­fined to house­hold af­fairs. They said that a lit­tle ef­fort could help make this propo­si­tion the other way round.

They said that though both the pro­vin­cial and Fed­eral gov­ern­ments in re­cent years have fo­cused more on the devel­op­ment of women en­trepreneurs in the coun­try but due at­ten­tion is needed by of­fer­ing them fo­cused op­por­tu­ni­ties in ex­port of goods to the in­ter­na­tional mar­ket.

The prod­ucts pre­pared by women en­trepreneurs should be al­lowed con­ces­sion in taxes. They urged the govern­ment to come up with a more ag­gres­sive pack­age for the women en­trepreneurs.

Ear­lier, the ex­hi­bi­tion was in­au­gu­rated by Ms Jes­sica Barlo, Eco­nomic Con­sul­tant US Con­sulate Gen­eral La­hore. Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion she urged the women to come for­ward and show their abil­i­ties.

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