ISLAMABAD: A seminar on Women Entrepreneurship Development was organized by CREW (Creative Entrepreneurship for Women) project of Pakistan Stone Development Company (PASDEC) here on Wednesday.
Speakers of the seminar said that women of Pakistan have potential to contribute their business expertise in economic growth. Being 52 percent share in Pakistan population, women must join skill development programme to establish enterprises for respectable earning and poverty reduction in remote areas.
Marble Mosaic, Crafts and Inlay, sub sector of Marble and Granite of Pakistan, have vast potential for women entrepreneurship development, skill development, employment generation, entrepreneurial culture and creation of value added products including decoration pieces and furniture from marble waste.
The wastage of marble is artistically used as raw material for mosaic, crafts and inlay making, available in huge quantity contributes to high profit margin.
Hadyatullah, Senator and President APMIA, said that marble industry is ready to facilitate the women entrepreneurs of marble mosaic, inlay and crafts for disposal of their products. He asked the concerned players for providing information to marble stakeholders about mosaic training activities in the country so that industry could aware it.
Ihsanullah Khan identified the marketing obstacles of marble mosaic products and stressed to facilitate the women entrepreneurs for searching market orders.
Miss Nabela Farman, Project Manager SMEDA, highlighted women business development and Entrepreneurship benefits to socio economic development.
Ch. Mohammad Shahid, renowned economist and builder, pointed out key points of promoting marble mosaic like enhancement of training duration of marble mosaic, value addition, quality and supply assurance to customers. He announced to provide free space for establishing display center of CREW Project.
Shahid-ur-Rehman, stakeholder of marble and granite sector, said that PASDEC should facilitate trainees of CREW Project for establishing their enterprises. In this regard joint venture with private sector may also be initiated.
Lutf-ur-Rehman, CEO PASDEC, said that under CREW Project 560 women will be trained marble mosaic, inlay and craft skills and we hope all of 560 women will establish their enterprises. We intend to support women for empowerment and self employment opportunities.
He said that core issue is searching demands of the market. He asked for private sector to cooperate with trainees displaying their products at their business places and giving orders of the products.