We are a group of individuals who believe in the potential of women entrepreneurs in Pakistan. After many years of working in this field, we have become acutely aware of the need for a separate Chamber of Commerce and industry, which is solely dedicated to promoting the cause of women in business. To this end, we are proud to announce the establishment of WCCI. The chamber can also be looked upon as an advocacy group for dealing with issues of economic empowerment of women.
Our mission is to establish an organization whereby women entrepreneurs belonging to all tiers of society will find a forum to voice their concerns from, to seek assistance from and to return to for purposes of research and further development.
Concept of WCCI is to develop women entrepreneurs by encouraging entrepreneurship as a means of economic empowerment. For potential women entrepreneurs, the chamber aims to provide a one window facility. For established women entrepreneurs, the chamber will provide a forum for debate and discussion, opportunity to interact with their local and international counterparts as well as facilities for research and development.
On Oct 29: Local Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Women Entrepreneurs Committee convener Dr Shehla Javaid Akram has announced establishment of the first-ever women chamber of commerce and industry in the country. The chamber had been registered as a non-profit organization dedicated to promotion and development of women entrepreneurship. It would enable women to work as a pressure group to get their voice heard. The chamber would have its chapters at all the provincial headquarters and in Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore chapters were being launched simultaneously. As many as 200 women had already been enrolled members of the Lahore chapter. An application had also been submitted to the government’s Trade Organization director for the registration of the new chamber. Need to establish a separate chamber of commerce and industry for women was felt because the institutions, set up for their empowerment, were not paying attention to women entrepreneurship. The chamber, would work for all categories of women in general and working women in particular. It would help the small women entrepreneurs to form groups of 20 each to establish buying houses to work through networking. The chamber would also help the women in product identification and seeking credit.