Lahore: The SME Club to be developed by the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) would open up the world’s internet based market to the local SMEs, which would especially be useful for business women to access the global market. It was stated by Sardar Ahmad Nawaz Sukhera, Chief Executive Officer of SMEDA while addressing a 20-member delegation of the women entrepreneurs from Khyber Pakhtunkhawa.
The delegation was organized by Women Business Development Centre set up by SMEDA at Peshawar and Ms. Nabeela Farman, Project Manager accompanied the delegation as coordinator. Whereas, the meeting held on this occasion was attended by Mr. Alamgir Chaudhry, General Manager Outreach and Ms. Aisha Kamran, Manager Outreach of SMEDA.
CEO SMEDA, apprised the delegation about special initiatives taken by SMEDA for developing entrepreneurship among women. He said that SMEDA had established Women Business Development Centers at Peshawar, Sawat, Quetta and Karachi, which were providing all possible assistance to the women doing or desiring to do business. Such centers would soon be set up also at Abbottabad and Dera Ismaeel Khan, he added.
He informed that the present government was taking concrete measures to materialize economic empowerment of women. That is why, 50% quota of the Prime Minister Youth Business Loan has been reserved for women, he said and urged women entrepreneurs for utilizing the financial support to be offered by PMYBL. He disclosed that the business projects to be set up under PMYBL scheme would be assisted by a long-term handholding plan being developed by the government of Pakistan with the support of business development institutions in public and private sector.
He advised the women entrepreneurs to develop website of their business to utilize the internet based marketing opportunities and expressed confidence that the facilities to be offered soon by SMEDA through “SME Club” would bring a revolution in the field of SMEs marketing.
The members of delegation unanimously expressed gratitude to SMEDA management for arranging the business trip of Punjab. They acknowledged that the trip had been helpful in expanding their vision and the modern techniques gained through this exercise would help add value in their businesses.
The visiting delegation included Ms. Sana Nazir, Ms. Abro Mumtaz, Ms. Saima Mumtaz, Ms. Nasreen Nazir, Ms. Fehmida, Ms. Salma Anwar, Ms. Huma Zarin, Dr. Shahida, Ms. Javaid Hilani, Ms. Roobi Bano, Ms. Saba, Ms. Shamsa, Ms. Alia, Ms. Faiza Ambreen, Ms. Nafeesa Khatoon, Ms. Nabeela, Ms. Nabeela Safdar and Ms. Naila Yaqoob.