Lahore  : In conjunction with 12 national and multi-national firms, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) marks the successful completion of the “Women in Trade” Management Training and Mentorship Program’s third round in Lahore, Pakistan. The program’s objective is to increase the participation of Pakistani women in the international trade sector. The closing ceremony brought together 16 of the 47 participating women from Lahore, their employers, and USAID Trade Project representatives to commemorate the accomplishments of the program and its stakeholders.

Under this initiative, USAID arranged three-month management training opportunities for 47 recent female university graduates with 12 well-known companies in Karachi and Lahore that include TARGET Sourcing Services Pakistan,  TEXLYNX, Engro EXIMP, Lucky Cement, Herbion International and LI & FUNG Pakistan, among others.

The ceremony held in Lahore was attended by 16 women. All participants were awarded with completion certificates. More than 60% of these women are now placed in permanent jobs within the sector. The senior management of the program’s partner organizations and some additionalpotential employers from the international trade sector also attended the ceremony.