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Advancing Entrepreneurship in Nepal

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SAARC Chamber Women Entrepreneurs Council (SCWEC) and Zonta Club Kathmandu Nepal jointly organized a talk program on the topic “Effective Advocacy: How to Advance a Reform Agenda to Encourage Entrepreneurshipon of April 26th 2013. The keynote speaker was Ms. Karen Kerrigan, President and CEO of Small Business Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council), USA

Ms. Pramila Acharya Rijal, Chairperson of SCWEC and Founder President of Zonta Club of Kathmandu Nepal welcomed all the participants and gave a brief introduction of the SAARC Chamber Women Entrepreneurs Council and Zonta Club of Kathmandu Nepal which focuses on the advancement of women on the national and regional level.

Ms. Karen Kerrigan, who is also Chair of the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), shared SBE Council’s mission which is “Protect small business, Promote Entrepreneurship”. Entrepreneurs are job creators. Currently 200 million are unemployed where 75 million are 25 years and under. In the next 15 years, 600 million new jobs will be needed worldwide.

Ms. Kerrigan also shared some of the recommendations on world entrepreneurship forum such as:

  • Reform Regulations
  • Promote Proper Governance
  • Create early education and young adult entrepreneurial curricula
  • Promote lifelong entrepreneurial education
  • Empower entrepreneurial women, Minorities
  • Understand entrepreneurship
  • Create new “ Entrepreneurial Friendly” Institutions
  • Foster Positive Entrepreneurial Attitudes

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Women Chefs Taking Taste Beyond Borders

SAARC Chamber Women Entrepreneurs Council which was established in the year 2001 in Sri Lanka, has been organizing events in Kathmandu, Nepal on the occasion of International Women’s Day with the objective of developing and promoting women entrepreneurs in the South Asian region.

On the occasion of 102nd International Women’s Month, SCWEC organized an event, “Women Chefs Taking Taste beyond Borders,” on 30th March, 2012 in Kathmandu, Nepal. The woman chefs were from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. It provided a platform to women chefs from South Asia to share their challenges and achievements of their career. It was an inspirational event for women looking forward to develop their career in the culinary industry.

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International Women’s Day in Nepal

The SAARC Chamber Women Entrepreneurs Council was established in the year 2001 in Sri Lanka, with the objective of developing and promoting women entrepreneurs in the South Asian region. The Council works towards facilitating co-operation and networking among the women of the SAARC region for the socio economic empowerment. The SCWEC Chair rotates country wise and at present Nepal has got the opportunity to head the Council.

Realizing the importance of a consolidated effort for synergy and effective advocacy through networking, SAARC Chamber Women Entrepreneurs Council (SCWEC) has been organizing an event in Kathmandu, Nepal on the occasion International Women’s Day since the year 2009. The event focuses on women’s strength and ingenuity from the South Asian region.

This year SCWEC is organizing a “Women Master Chef Event,” which has been scheduled to be held on 29th March, 2012 in Kathmandu, Nepal. Continue reading ‘International Women’s Day in Nepal’ »

Session on Women’s Leadership held during the 4th Annual SAARC Business Leaders Conclave

SAARC Chamber Women Entrepreneurs Council (SCWEC) held a session on ‘Women leadership for regional business opportunities’ with the motto “Drive for economic empowerment for South Asian women” at the fourth SAARC Business Leaders Conclave held at Kathmandu. The conclave was attended by 350 business delegates from the South Asian Region. Prominent female leaders from the field of business and economics participated in the event held on September 21.

Established in 2001 to develop and promote women entrepreneurs in the South Asian region, SCWEC is a sector council of the SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industries (SCCI). Pramila Acharya Rijal, chairperson of SCWEC in her welcome address said, “Empowering women in South Asia has always been a challenging issue. It is time to realize that institutional reforms are necessary for removing legal and cultural barriers for regional business opportunities.”

Since the inception of SCWEC, a number of workshops, round table conferences, seminars, training program and annual events have been held. These have enabled members to identify best practices for replication as regional projects.
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Nepal Takes over the SCWEC Chair from India

Hand-over Ceremony

It gives us immense pleasure to inform you that the Presidency of SAARC Chamber Women Entrepreneurs Council has been handed over to Nepal under the Chair of Ms. Pramila Acharya Rijal on 12th January 2011 by Immediate Past Chairperson Ms. Indira Dutt, India.

SAARC Chamber Women Entrepreneurs Council (SCWEC) is a sector council of the SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industries (SCCI) the apex business organization of the SAARC Region. SCWEC was established on March 29, 2001 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, with the objective of developing and promoting women entrepreneurs in the South Asian region. The Council works towards facilitating co-operation and networking among the women entrepreneurs of the SAARC region. It is an effective platform for strengthening the intra-regional development of women entrepreneurship for economic development thus helping to exchange information on entrepreneurial skills and building trade links among the women of the SAARC region.

 

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99th International Women’s Day Mega Event, Kathmandu

Realizing the importance of networking among South Asian women entrepreneurs, a three day event focusing on “Solidarity of South Asian Women for peace, prosperity and a progressive society” was organized on the occasion of International Women’s Day. The three day event drew participants from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Afghanistan and Pakistan. This event was a platform for women from all seven countries to come together as a unified force to honor and celebrate achievements in solidarity.

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Pramila Acharya Rijal
President, Federation of Women Entrepreneurs’ Associations of Nepal

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Networking through SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) Chamber Crafts Village

Hello Members,

I would like to provide you some information on one of our South Asian project focused on strengthening trade links among the woman entrepreneurs. Any queries on business interests with SCCV would be welcome.

SAARC Chamber Crafts Village (SCCV):
An outlet dedicated to Business Alliances for Women Entrepreneurship Development

The SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) Chamber Crafts Village Project initiated by the Federation of Woman Entrepreneurs Associations of Nepal is a not for profit company registered with the Government of Nepal. It comprises a group of enterprising women who have one common vision, reinforcing the visibility of women entrepreneurs by fostering professional growth and creating better market opportunities through sharing of technology, trade information and building linkages for collaborative projects. The SCCV also aims to work towards developing social entrepreneurship culture.

SCCV is focused on exchange of trade information, entrepreneurial skills and building trade links among the Women Entrepreneurs of the South Region. The SCCV serves as the information and marketing resource body by facilitation of trade activities through intra exchange of products and services among rural, semi urban and urban women producer groups, entrepreneurs, manufacturers, professionals and service providers in the South Asia Region.

A retail outlet has been established to show-case the skills of the Women Entrepreneurs from the SAARC Region. Each country products is displayed through this outlet.

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The Power of Economic Empowerment!

Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. However, this is not difficult anymore. The SAARC region is boasting of world’s few women in the highest positions, serving as sources of inspirations for women from other parts of the world. A woman president in Sri Lanka, women Prime ministers in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and the historical change in the Presidency of India-First lady President Honorable Pratibha Devisingh patil. However, while few SAARC women have made it to the top, the irony remains that the rural masses of women in this region still suffer from abstract poverty and face difficulty in even exercising their voting rights.

Empowerment of women in South Asia has remained a challenging issue. It has received increasing attention in the region especially in the last two decades. The issue involves national as well as international dimensions. The vast women of South Asia are conditioned to be socially and economically dependent not only because of the underdevelopment of the entire region but also due to a conservative social and cultural system. Continue reading ‘The Power of Economic Empowerment!’ »