Islamabad, PK – 10 November, 2016 – The Islamabad Women Chamber of Commerce & Industry (IWCCI) and AGAHI signed a memorandum of understanding to work on research, capacity building and entrepreneurship development. The programme signed under the title of ‘Reorganizing women capabilities for generating income’ will empower and build capacity of women to create and operate small-scale entrepreneurial start-ups in Gujranwala, Sahiwal, and Kotri.
IWCCI and AGAHI agreed to exchange technical and business knowledge, capacity building, internship opportunities, exchange of visits, and project development as well as assistance in commercialization of product/services, industry linkages, exhibitions and entrepreneurship development. AGAHI plans to train 300 women in total.
Puruesh Chaudhary, Founder and President AGAHI said, “AGAHI is establishing new partnerships to improve the human capital and industry standards through knowledge-based initiatives, providing policy guidelines to the public sector leadership”. She further added that the purpose behind this collaboration is to connect relevant stakeholders to share their knowledge.
Speaking on the occasion Samina Fazil, Founding President IWCCI, said that this partnership is a milestone for increasing women participation in workforce. She further added, “The IWCCI will work with AGAHI to help the trained women to start their small-scale entrepreneurial start-ups and develop linkages with the local stakeholders to market their products.
Amna Sabahat, Program Manager AGAHI said, “It will define new value systems on how to create and manage shared understanding for the stakeholders, while building capacity of the women in the selected districts to do business in a more sustainable, responsible and profitable manner”.
AGAHI is a not for profit organization established in Islamabad in 2011 under the Society Registration Act 1860. Its primary function is to create non-paid communication strategies, content intelligence structures, development collaterals and tools for diverse sectors and organizations. AGAHI encourages and advises individuals and institutions in pursuing and supporting initiatives to improve the state of development in Pakistan. It works on developmental frameworks facilitating information and knowledge sharing platforms on understanding challenges in global perspective. Its research work mainly focuses on national and international security, ICT, competitiveness, human capital development, and governance. AGAHI in association with several leading national and international partners focuses on creating shared spaces for interactive learning, collaborative thinking, and knowledge sharing. AGAHI is at the forefront of devising foresight research and future scenarios work in Pakistan.