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ICCI and UN-APCICT discuss to collaborate for women entrepreneurship development through ICT December 10, 2014
Meeting at ICCI
 
Ms. Hyeun-Suk Rhee, Director, Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development of United Nations (UN-APCICT) along with Mr. Ammar Jaffri, Chief Executive of Pakistan Institute of ICTs for Development visited Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry and discussed the possibilities of collaborating with ICCI for empowering and strengthening the women entrepreneurs in Pakistan by providing them trainings how to better use ICTs for business development. 
 
The Director UN-APCICT said that the UN’s Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development was working in 30 countries to promote capacity building in the use of ICT with the aim of inclusive and sustainable economic development. She said they have come to Pakistan with the specific mandate to explore the possibilities of partnerships for capacity building of women entrepreneurs in the use of ICTs. She was of the view that the UN-APCICT could develop customized training programs in Pakistan based on the needs assessment of women entrepreneurs in order to train them to use ICTs for expanding their business ventures. 
 
Both organizations discussed various options to join hands for facilitating women entrepreneurs to expand their businesses by using the latest ICT tools, which were very helpful in reaching out to regional and international markets. 
 
Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry also highlighted its efforts aimed at youth development with particular focus on women entrepreneurship. Number of local women entrepreneurs pointed out various issues being faced in the use of ICTs for entrepreneurship development. It was informed that lack of awareness about the use of ICTs, lack of financing facilities and insufficient networking platforms, social trends and lack of proper support etc. were the major issues being faced by the women entrepreneurs in Pakistan.
 
Mr. Ammar Jaffri, Chief Executive, Pakistan Institute of ICTs for Development said that UN-APCICT has already working on capacity building of civil servants and development of future leaders by focusing on youth and now it was interested to support the women entrepreneurs through their capacity building in the use of ICT in order to enable them to expand their business ventures by exploiting the tools of information and communication technologies.