AWARENESS SEMINAR ON ENTREPRENEURSHIP AS A CAREER OPTION
Entrepreneurship is the real way forward to reposition economy of Pakistan for reducing poverty and increasing jobs in SME sector. It was observed by the business experts while speaking at one-day awareness seminar on “Entrepreneurship as a Career Option” organized by the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) in collaboration with COMSATS. The speakers included Mr. Javed Afzal, Deputy General Manager Outreach Division, SMEDA, Mr. Ghulam Husain, Manager COMSATS and Mr. Abu Bakar, CEO Engineering Hut, who shared his success story with the participants.
Mr. Javed Afzal, Deputy General Manager Outreach, SMEDA while speaking to the audience said that SMEDA had a network of regional offices in the major cities of Pakistan, involved in providing business counseling and other business development services to the young people aspiring for setting up their new small businesses. He also briefed the students about the various development projects of SMEDA that have been established by the funding by the Government of Pakistan for the development and promotion of the related business sectors in the country. He emphasized upon the participants to pursue entrepreneurship as career option and also avail the business development services from various initiatives of SMEDA and other relevant business support organizations in the country.
The young successful businessmen Mr. Abu Bakar, while describing his success story on the journey towards entrepreneurship, said that despite so many problems, Pakistan was the best place for business. Therefore, the educated youth should opt the entrepreneurship as a career to play an active role in economic development of their Country and the nation. He said that business graduates having specialization in various disciplines business management can easily develop themselves as successful entrepreneurs. He said that youth may also avail of SMEDA services and guidance in establishing the small businesses in various fields of SME sector.
Earlier, Mr. Ghulam Hussain, Manager COMSATS in his opening address, highlighted the objectives of the seminar and underlined the importance of youth towards education and development of their skills in pursuance of entrepreneurship. He said that the country was faced with the challenges like unemployment and if youth entrepreneurship gets promoted and the opportunities are tapped by youth for adding value to wide range of products, then it can help to relieve the pressure on job market. He appreciated the role of SMEDA for holding such awareness seminars for the guidance of university students.
This is notable that realizing the growth potential of youth entrepreneurship in the country, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) has launched a proactive move for developing and promoting entrepreneurship particularly among the educated youth for raising awareness and building capacity of the graduating students for business start ups.