Undoubtedly, for the state to run smoothly and develop economically and socially, all the citizens need to play their roles regardless of gender, race, culture, religion, etc. Women in Pakistan have faced workplace discrimination for long. The unequal job opportunities and fewer wages resulted in restricted women participation in different sectors. Many women despite this backdrop are continuing to work and are paving way for other women to come forward. The women entrepreneurs are setting examples for the future generation. The government also aims at promoting women in business culture in the country.
Syed Murtaza Mahmood, Federal Minister for Industries and Production has revealed that the upcoming federal budget would provide relief to the women entrepreneurs in the industrial sector. Sustainable development is the need of time. The Minister further added that the private sector plays an important role in the country’s growth and the government would extend its support to advance and promote business activities in the sector.
The Minister clarified the government’s goals and aspirations in a meeting with the Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) delegation led by Vice President Rafat Malik.
The current economic instability is because the country’s imports are higher than its exports. This implies that to meet the country’s needs the government is using up its national reserves thus resulting in inflation. To take the country out of this situation, the business community is urged to take more part in the country’s economic activities. The federal Minister for Industries and Production stressed the need for the business community and SMEs to promote business in global and local markets.
The upcoming budget is expected to be business-friendly. The Minister said that some strong initiatives would be adopted to increase the footprint of women entrepreneurs. The MoIP with the help of TUSDEC, NPO, and SMEDA organizations will provide the necessary support to the women to enhance their talent and skills.
The Vice President of FPCCI during the meeting also shed light on the need for government policies required to boost women’s participation in the country’s affairs. A conducive environment in which women could thrive and make full use of their skills is equally important.
Pakistani women who were once restricted to house chores only are now making waves in the government and private sectors. Women account for almost half of the country’s population and without their inclusion in the state matters, economic development is likely to remain stagnant.