Rawalpindi - The Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) in collaboration with its 11 partner universities kicked off Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) here yesterday.

Ambassador of Republic of Tajikistan Jonovov Sherali, who was the chief guest on the occasion, inaugurated the week in a ribbon-cutting ceremony. President RCCI Mian Humayun Parvez welcomed the Tajik ambassador, other dignitaries and students to the chamber.

Addressing on the occasion, the Tajik ambassador expressed gratitude to the president RCCI for inviting him on GEW and termed it a great initiative taken by RCCI to promote entrepreneurship skills and knowledge among the youth. He said that his country was keen to invest in energy and transportation sectors that will boost the economic relations between the two brotherly countries.

He further added that Pakistan has a great potential, especially in the human resource sector, and efforts should be made to capitalise this potential. He asked students to develop skills and knowledge and contribute to the prosperity of their country. The Central Asia is a big market and young entrepreneurs could benefit from the opportunity and change their fate, he remarked.

The ambassador while appreciating the RCCI for organising this global event said this was a great initiative which would give youth a platform where they could learn more knowledge about the entrepreneurship.

Speaking on the occasion, Mian Humayun Parvez said that GEW will help students focus themselves on job creators instead of job seekers. It’s a great opportunity for youth to participate in interactive sessions and training workshops to learn about success stories, innovative ideas and enhance their knowledge about entrepreneurship, he added. He said that RCCI has taken the initiative this year to be a part of global entrepreneurship week as a step to facilitate youth, develop stronger private sector, assist the innovators and support the idea of entrepreneurship as a career opportunity.

He emphasised on universities to provide such opportunities so that students can polish their skills and knowledge about entrepreneurship.

Former President RCCI SM Naseem termed trade as a noble profession as our Holy Prophet (PBUH) also adopted this profession. He said Islamic history is full of trade and entrepreneurship which depicts its importance in life. While sharing his personal success stories he said, “Countries like Japan and Germany developed themselves in SME sector and we can copy this idea. Our youth can play an important role here.”

Later ambassador and president RCCI performed a cake cutting ceremony. The event would conclude on November 21.