ISLAMABAD - US Ambassador Cameron Munter Tuesday lauded the successes of female entrepreneurs in Pakistan during a visit to the Islamabad Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IWCCI). During his visit, Ambassador Munter and Dr Marilyn Wyatt met more than 100 successful women entrepreneurs, including Samina Fazil, founder and president of the IWCCI and owner of Misha’s Collection, which was founded in 1989 with start-up funding of about $1,100 and now exports goods to international markets.
“A sustainable future for Pakistan will require significant participation of the private sector and significant reforms on the part of the government to enable the private sector to flourish. It will require a common vision and the participation of the people of Pakistan and the visible commitment of the government to the people.”
He said the United States is committed to the development of the next generation of women entrepreneurs and business leaders in Pakistan.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Pakistan has trained more than 70,000 women micro-entrepreneurs in Punjab and Sindh in financial literacy. Through its Gender Equity Program, FIRMS project, and trade project, among others, USAID is helping create a socially just, democratic, and gender responsive society. These programs have helped Pakistani women-owned enterprises enhance their competitiveness and increase their sales, while also working on developing a regional trade portal for women entrepreneurs to facilitate trade among SAARC countries.