Archive for April 2011

Building Better Chambers and Associations in Pakistan

“Chambers of commerce and business associations in Pakistan have started showing significant improvements in the way they serve their members. Contributing to that outcome is CIPE’s continued work on capacity building initiatives to help chamber and association staff learn modern corporate governance and management concepts. As a part of these efforts, last week CIPE organized the 3rd annual Secretaries’ General Conference in Lahore.

34 secretaries general (the paid CEO position) representing chambers of commerce and sectoral association from across Pakistan attended the event, including 17 new participants. CIPE efforts were also successful in bringing secretaries general from women chambers in areas such as Mardan, Peshawar and Quetta that are generally considered difficult for women’s empowerment. For Nazia Durrani, newly elected Secretary General of Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Mardan, it was the first such event. “It was a great opportunity for me,” she said. Other participants shared that view, emphasizing that this annual conference provides them with a unique common platform for learning and networking.”

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Huzaifa Shabbir Hussain

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Conference Announcement

1st International Women & Business Conference (IWBC) will be organised by International Federation of Turkish University Women and Trakya University Social Graduate School on October 13rd, 2011 in Edirne City. The aim of the conference is to discuss the problems and opportunities for women in business life. The theme of the first conference is “Being Business Women in Balkan Countries”. We invite academicians, business women, regulators, trade chambers, NGOs and politicans to attend and discuss in the conference.

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Women in Business and Management of Nigeria Seek KnowHow

KnowHow, CIPE’s new online resource, matches the professional skills of corporate or individual volunteers with business associations seeking technical assistance. The online resource targets associations, rather than single entrepreneurs or business professionals, because helping an association multiplies the effect of a single intervention across an entire membership. While KnowHow is open to all associations, the first group of participants are women’s associations, like the Women in Business and Management (WIMBIZ) in Nigeria. Continue reading ‘Women in Business and Management of Nigeria Seek KnowHow’ »

Networking in Palestine

Palestinian Territories – CIPE partner the Business Women Forum (BWF) hosted a networking event on March 29 in Ramallah under the patronage of the Palestinian Minister of the National Economy, H.E Dr. Hassan Abu Libdeh. The event, which included over 80 attendees and representatives from local and national government, was part of an ongoing effort by BWF to form strategic partnerships with key private sector civil society organizations in Palestine. Minister Abu Libdeh highlighted BWF’s success in advancing the participation of women in Palestine’s policy and decision-making process, despite the Forum’s relatively recent establishment. BWF Chairwoman Amal Masri discussed the importance of strengthening the role of businesswomen as leaders in the Palestinian economy through advocacy activities, networking, and the provision of business services.

Kim Bettcher

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Henrietta Holsman Fore to deliver remarks at Democracy that Delivers for Women

Henrietta Holsman Fore, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Holsman International, an investment and management company, will speak at the Democracy that Delivers for Women conference June 20-21, 2011. From 2007 to 2009, Ms. Fore was the first woman to serve as Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development and Director of United States Foreign Assistance. Ms. Fore is a Trustee of the Women’s Foreign Policy Group, co-Chair of Women Corporate Directors, and a member of the International Women’s Forum.

Participants in Democracy that Delivers for Women will also hear from Melanne Verveer, Ambassador-at-large for Global Women’s Issues, and Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, among others. Visit to stay current on the latest news and announcements regarding conference speakers and information.

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