Islamabad: Capital Development Authority (CDA) on Friday said it would work closely with Islamabad Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IWCCI) to promote women entrepreneurs, and artisans.
We will take IWCCI on board in all major decisions related to welfare of business community and promotion of the arts and crafts community, said Sanaullah Aman, Member Engineering CDA.
Speaking to women entrepreneurs, he said that CDA will formally open Arts and Crafts Village on April 06 which will be functional year-round.
Founder President IWCCI Samina Fazil, President IWCCI Alia Akram, VP FPCCI Mirza Abdul Rehman, Chairman Media FPCCI Malik Sohail and others were also present on the occasion.
Sanaullah Aman said that IWCCI will be provided free space for office while women craftsperson would be provided accommodation and opportunity to exhibit their unique talents.
CDA wants to create a create a strong synergy with businesswomen and the artisan community to promote and preserve culture and heritage and boost their standard of living, he said.
Sanaullah Aman said that IWCCI will be included in the management and decisions of Margalla festival, Ladies Club, F-9 Park and Cultural Complex.
CDA will fully support all the moves aimed at women empowerment including Islamabad Expo 2012 to be held shortly, he added.
At the occasion, Samina Fazil and Alia Akram said that CDA should establish a display centre and a handicraft hall to promote businesses of women.
Government should revamp the arts and crafts industry to become the leading exporter of value added high quality exports, said Samina, adding that promotion of new brands will increase the country’s export capacity to traditional and emerging markets.
Mirza Abdul Rehman said that our artisans with exceptional skills to produce ethnic designs and flourishing textures and second to none in the world; all they need is a little support without the role of intermediaries creating employment and wealth amongst producers.
Malik Sohail said that Pakistani handicraft is the integrated part of our culture leaving the whole world amazed.
The magic created by the Pakistani hands is visible in dazzling semi-precious jewellery, exquisite furniture, colourful toys and dolls, beautiful paintings and enthralling sculptures, said Tariq Mahmood, President Attock Chamber of Commerce.
For more information, contact:
Islamabad Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Mobile: +92323 5343199
Tel: +9251 2252256