Intel supports launch of National Entrepreneurship Working Group-Pakistan

Islamabad, December 02, 2013 (PPI-OT): Intel supported the National Entrepreneurship Working Group (NEW-G) in organizing its inaugural seminar on importance of building entrepreneurship ecosystem in Pakistan. The seminar was held in collaboration with the United States Consul General, Karachi and Injaz Pakistan with the support of Institute of Business Administration (IBA), MITEFP (MIT Enterprise Forum Pakistan), Gillette Pakistan and Global Entrepreneurship Week-Pakistan, an initiative of the Kauffman Foundation.

The National Entrepreneurship Working Group (NEW-G) was recently formed to serve as a national, multi-stakeholder forum for sharing ideas, information and knowledge to support the growth of entrepreneurship and innovation in Pakistan.

Intel supports NEW-G’s initiatives to enhance formal entrepreneurship education in high schools and universities, improve access to finance for start-ups, optimize regulatory environment to facilitate SMEs, create awareness about entrepreneurship especially positive impact of women entrepreneurship and mentorship program to help the youth deal with business challenges.

Noteworthy seminar panelists included Mr. Nadeem Naqvi, CEO Karachi Stock Exchange; Dr. Rizwan Sheikh of Karachi School of Business Leadership; Mr. Sarfaraz Rehman, CEO, Engro Foods; Dr. Zahir Ali Syed, Co-Chair MITEFP; Ms. Tehseena Rafi MD Sabz Initiative; Mr. Atif Azim, Director Dot Zero; Ms. Nilofer Saeed, CEO Hobnob Café’; Ms. Sabeen Haque of US Pakistan Women’s Council and Ms. Huma Adnan; CEO FNK Asia.

Speaking on the occasion, Naveed Siraj, Country Manager Intel said “Intel Pakistan has a proud record of helping women improve their lives and accelerating their inclusion in national economic development.

We provide ICT-based learning and skill-development platforms like Intel E-Basics and Intel Easy-Steps which open up a world of possibilities for women through knowledge tools which could help them to start their businesses”

Addressing the participants, Consul General Mr. Michael Dodman said, “Entrepreneurism, particularly the creation of new small and medium size businesses, is the driver of economic growth. We have seen the benefits of entrepreneurship in the United States, and are pleased to be able to partner with groups like NEW-G and others who are working to drive growth and development in Pakistan.”

During his keynote address, Mr. Rizwan Razvi, President NEW-G said, “Pakistan needs to create 36 million jobs over the next 10 years to absorb annual additions to its workforce. In order to build a sustainable entrepreneurship infrastructure, we need a collaborative platform that functions as an advocacy group, creates linkages among these organizations. Intel played a critical role in the formation of NEW-G and we appreciate their support to our inaugural seminar on building the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Pakistan”.

For more information, contact:
Asma Aziz
Intel Pakistan Corporation
Karachi 1
Suite 222, G-20, Block 9
KDA Scheme 5, Kehkashan, Clifton
Karachi, Sindh
Tel: 92-21-5375203-05

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