Lahore, May 26, 2017 (PPI-OT):The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) held a “Women Business Need Assessment Workshop” today at University of Central Punjab (UCP). Ms. Tania Buttar, Deputy General Manager and Incharge Women Entrepreneurship Development Cell (WEDC) of SMEDA gave a presentation on SMEDA’s current services for entrepreneurship development among women and invited proposals from the young women to add value into SMEDA’s services.
The workshop, arranged, in collaboration with the Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization of UCP, was widely attended by the girl-students of business management, commerce and economics. Ms. Buttar also distributed assessment forms to the participants to obtain written proposals and feedback. The participants filled the survey forms on the spot by giving a number of valuable suggestions to enhance business trend among women. Majority of the suggestions were based upon the demand of creating a conducive environment for women linked with an easy access to finance.
Meanwhile, Mr. Fuad Hashim, the new CEO of SMEDA, while commenting on the Women Business Need Assessment Workshop, said that SMEDA is committed to develop demand driven services for SME development and the promotion of entrepreneurship development among women is the top agenda of SMEDA.
The need assessment process, as an ongoing exercise of SMEDA is a great source to keep us aware of the emerging needs of SMEs for the desired rapid growth, he said adding that SMEDA’s Women Entrepreneurship Development Cell had held multiple consultative sessions across the country, in collaboration with Women Chambers and Associations.
The current session at UCP is one of the same series as well as a part of Industry-Academia linkages move of SMEDA. He expressed satisfaction over the workshop and assured that the useful suggestions received from the educated women during this session would be inducted in the new initiatives to be developed by SMEDA for growth entrepreneurship among women.
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