QUETTA - Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) launched a programme for legal empowerment of informal micro businesses here on Thursday.

Funded by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Pakistan, the project will be carried out in collaboration of public and private sector stakeholders including the higher judiciary of the province. The program was launched in a ceremony held here at a local hotel with Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhel as chief guest.

The Legal Empowerment Program (LEP) is a UNDP funded initiative and is structured around four pillars namely access to justice, property rights, labour rights and right to do business. The Small and Medium Enterprise Development Authority (SMEDA) is the implementing partner for the right to do business pillar of the program.

Under the Right to do Business pillar, legal services will be extended to women and marginalized stakeholders such as street vendors, small family owned business or small kiosk owners.