SMEDA set up SME Pavilion in the Blue Fair held at Multan
Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) has set up an SME Pavilion by sponsoring 22 Women Enterprises in the Blue Fair organized by Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (WCCI), Multan Division in collaboration with Trade Development Authority, Pakistan (TDAP). SMEDA Chief Executive Officer Mr. Sher Ayub Khan stated this in a press statement issued here on Monday. The SMEDA sponsored women entrepreneurs have been selected from under privileged areas of southern Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhawa, he said adding that out of 22 stalls, 13 have been given to women entrepreneurs of KP and 9 to Southern Punjab. He further said that the major products displayed by the women entrepreneurs at SMEDA Pavilion belong to the sectors like Textile, Leather, Interior Designing, Jewelry, hand-made embroidery, Cosmetics and Handicrafts.
CEO SMEDA said, “we continuously work with its partner organizations for exploiting marketing possibilities for WEs, including participation in various exhibitions”. The Blue Fair Multan provides a good opportunity to WEs across Pakistan by displaying their products and the Blue Fair of Multan has been an ideal platform in this regard since last couple of years, he added and acknowledged that the fair had always been an effective source for women entrepreneurs to develop contacts with buyers, other WEs in similar product lines and to get enrolled with TDAP as well as WCCI for further export development activities designed for WEs.
Meanwhile, Ms. Tania Buttar, Incharge SMEDA’s Women Entrepreneurs Development Cell informed that SMEDA Pavilion was specially visited by Mr. S.M. Munir, CEO TDAP, Mr. Zubair Tufail, President FPCCI, Mr. Atta-ur-Rehman, VP, FPCCI, Mr. Khawaja Jalal-ud-Din Rumi, President MCCI, Mr. Iftikhar Ali Malik, Vice President SAARC Chamber, Ms. Masooma Sabtain, VP, FPCCI and Ms. Filza Shah, S.V.P WCCI-MD MS. They all appreciated SMEDA efforts and support to chambers nationwide. They admired role of SMEDA in promoting entrepreneurship among women of the country. Later, they took a round of the stalls set up in the SMEDA Pavilion and examined the products displayed over there.
It is notable that one of the stalls of SMEDA Pavilion has been furnished as a facilitation center for the exhibitors, which is bearing information on SMEDA’s current initiatives including Prime Minister’s Youth Business Loan, Women Business Development Centers and the business development services available at SMEDA. A large number of the women entrepreneurs have visited the SMEDA’s facilitation Center as well.