The United States Senior Adviser for Pakistan and Afghanistan, Robin L Raphel has announced to establish Pak-US Women Council, expressed the hope that it could play effective role for development of women entrepreneurship in the Pakistan. This, she stated while addressing to members of Women Commerce of Commerce and Industry (WCCI), here at the chamber on Wednesday.
On the occasion, the chairperson women chamber, Ms Fitrat Ilyas Bilour, president KPWCCI Nushat Rauf, and vice president Shumama Arbab, the president Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dr Mohammad Yousaf Sarwar, Vice presidents, Malik Iftikhar Awan, Anees Ashraf, members of executive body, and US consul general in Peshawar, Robert G Reed were present.
The US senior adviser and WCCI have agreed that both sides would joint carryout out efforts and work for economic empowerment of women entrepreneurs and development of their businesses. By announcing the establishment of Pak-US Women Council, Ms Raphel said that it was a good step for development of women entrepreneurship in Pakistan.
Ms Raphel informed that Pak-US Women Council would establish in Lahore in first phase, which could be expanded to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. “US government is committed for economic empowerment of women entrepreneurs in Pakistan, she reiterated. She added that Washington would take further steps in this regard.
She appreciated the efforts of WCCI for supporting women entrepreneurs and development of their businesses in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. She expressed the hope that the women businessperson would take maximum benefits from initiatives by the WCCI. Nushat Rauf and Shumama Arab, while speaking on the occasion, informed that the US visiting delegation about the initiatives taken by WCCI for economic development of women entrepreneurs in KP and tribal region. They welcomed the establishment of Pak-US Women Council in Lums, Lahore, demanding for presentation of women chamber and entrepreneurs from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the council.
On the occasion, SCCI president, Dr Sarwar Yousaf in his address stressed the need to take further steps for economic development of women entrepreneurs in the province, appreciated the US government initiatives in this regard. He informed that SCCI and WCCI were jointly taking steps for economic empowerment of women in the province.