Rawalpindi-Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Wednesday organised a session ‘coffee morning’ for bringing awareness and discussing issues related to women economic empowerment.

The event had also an interactive question and hour session on the subject.

Australian High Commissioner Margaret Adamson, who was chief guest on the occasion, said that Australian government supported Pakistan’s efforts to increase regional trade and investment. “The lives of Pakistani women are changing rapidly. It will be vital for a prosperous Pakistan to facilitate an environment which provides enough economic opportunities to engage women, she said.

She said that Australian government was exploring avenues for skill development and opportunities for women’s entrepreneurship in Pakistan. She lauded the RCCI for establishing Women Business Incubation Centre to help women to establish their own businesses. She assured her full support and cooperation in this regard. RCCI Chief Zahid Latif Khan in his address said that creating opportunities and empowering women in entrepreneurship had always been the chamber’s priority. The main purpose of this initiative was to provide women a platform to excel in the field of entrepreneurship, he added.

While highlighting key activities of the RCCI, Zahid Latif said that recently they organised All Pakistan Women Presidents Chamber Summit to highlight various issues particularly being confronted by the business women including importance of unity and cooperation between the women chambers for nation building.

He said that the RCCI being a pro-active business facilitation entity believed in identifying and functionalising such forums for women entrepreneurs to get into the main stream of the economy.

Addressing the participants, Chairperson Women Committee Sadia Zia said that Rawalpindi Chamber always stood with women and provided a platform to come forward and play their role. She urged the participants to increase level of interaction and bring more awareness among women and enrol them under the RCCI platform.