FPCCI VP vows to lead women entrepreneurs to SAARC business activities

KARACHI: Women of Pakistan have potential to contribute to their business expertise in economic growth. Being around 52 percent share in Pakistan population, women should join skill development programmes to establish enterprises for respectable earning and poverty reduction in remote areas, said Vice President, Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI), Fehmida Jamali

Speaking with the delegation of women chambers at Karachi, she said: “If opportunities arise, grab those opportunities because they may not come again – often women are a little reluctant. ‘I think if we can just persuade women to back themselves, have the courage to step up – there’s a whole lot of work you can do with young women around confidence building.”

Fehmida said: “It is time that we may prepare a comprehensive plan to encourage and help women in education sector, businesses and jobs, if we want to make Pakistan strong economically and politically.”

She noted that 72 percent women are associated with agriculture, 13 percent with manufacturing sector and 11 percent with social sector and still they have meager representation in related bodies.

The Planning Commission as well as the government must also recognize the need of women to be part of the mainstream of economic development.

“Being as a Vice President FPCCI, I will lead the voice of country women entrepreneur’s and include them in all the activities of the FPCCI and SAARC women-related activity as well,” she remarked.

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