Policy Dialogue on Innovation held under delivering as one UN of United Nations Industrial Development Organization Pakistan at Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Islamabad, October 27, 2016 (PPI-OT):A consultative session on policy dialogue was held under Delivering Results Together Fund (DRT-F) of United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) at Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI). DRT-F is joint programme and UNIDO with other UN agencies.

The purpose of this dialogue and policy recommendation was to review policies and make recommendations on the policies to make them more conducive for women entrepreneurs esp. the ones working in the area of green industry. This consultative session was chaired by Mr. Esam Alqararah, UNIDO Representative in Pakistan, while addressing the session, he stressed the need to make the policies conducive so that more businesses esp. the ones managed by women entrepreneurs flourish.

After launching of advocacy campaign of “Women in Green Industry”, UNIDO reviewed the relevant policy and legislative environment as UNIDO believes that no activity can take place more effectively unless the pertaining laws and environment are favourable. So all the relevant policies were deeply studies and gaps were identified. These gaps as well as recommendations were presented to the relevant stakeholders for their comments, suggestions as well additions and deletions.

Many stakeholders from different spheres of life attended the consultative session and commented as well as gave suggestions. The stakeholders comprised of people from a very diverse group of ranging from students of environmental science to aspiring entrepreneurs to researchers to SMEs to engineers to academicians to government officials to Business Men to home base workers. A larger number of members of Islamabad Chamber of commerce and industry were also present, who also gave their input.

The stakeholder’s valuable comments were noted and compiled to be presented to the highest level of government for approval as well as part of the legislative frame work. This policy dialogue is expected to bring positive change in clean technologies related business scenario as well as overall environment for small companies and will make the rules more gender responsiveness.

For more information, contact:
Ms. Ishrat Rizvi
National Information Officer
United Nations Information Centre (UNIC)
Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-8355720
Cell: +92-300-8553790
Email: ishrat.rizvi@unic.org