SCWEC Conference “Best Practices in Intra-Regional Business among SAARC countries”

18-19 September, 2015, Delhi, India.
SAARC Chamber women Entrepreneurs Council under the umbrella of SAARC CCI and in collaboration with FICCI Ladies Organization (FLO) organized one day conference on “Best Practices in Intra-Regional Business among SAARC countries” followed by two days exhibition under theme “ SCWEC Market”.

The conference and exhibition were organized at FICCI Lawns, New Delhi, with the objective of developing and promoting women entrepreneurship in the South Asian region. The event turned out as a success and helped exchange of ideas, networking and establishing linkages amongst participating organization and the women entrepreneurs of the SAARC region.


Hon’ble Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for Prime Minister Office Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Govt of India was the Chief Guest of the conference. In his inaugural address, Honble Minister said that ability to innovate and experiment irrespective of distinctions of gender or religion would be the yardstick for entrepreneurship in a world that is undergoing a paradigm shift. He added that tomorrow belongs to innovative entrepreneurs regardless of age, sex, religion or even country as we have a global market now. One does not need to be confined to India or to Pakistan for that matter.

Earlier to his address, Mrs. Shaista Pervaiz Malik, Chairperson, SCWEC in her inaugural address said that she was a firm believer that women were true leaders by their very nature. She suggested the women entrepreneurs to give particular focus on areas like bridging the gender gap in business in South Asia and increasing female entrepreneurship and partnership. She was of the opinion that lack of connectivity between countries, was visible as such there existed no normal telecommunication links between Pakistan and India. She demanded for increasing frequency of flights between the two countries while adding that India as a elder brother should take confidence building measures among SAARC nations and to move SAARC forward.

At this occasion, Mr. Vikramjit Singh Sahney, Chairman, SAARC CCI Advisory Council and Former President, SAARC CCI said that now region is going to be a player of ideas and there will be no gender differences. The globalization which is happening everywhere is a phenomenon that occurs regardless of other situations. The South Asian needs to grab every opportunity with shared vision. To him reviving harmony was essential for prosperous South Asia.

The inaugural session was also addressed by Ms. Anuradha Gupta, President, FLO, Ms. Anuradha Goal, Vice Chairperson, SCWEC (India), Ms. Anuja Narain Agarwal, EC Member (India) and Mrs. V. L. Indra Dutt, Former Chairperson, SCWEC and Ms. Kavita Dutt, Past President, FLO. The inaugural session was followed by working session on” Sharing of Success Stories by Women Entrepreneurs from SAARC Countries”. The event was attended by delegates from SAARC member’s countries i.e. Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. The Pakistan representation in the conference and exhibition were highest among SAARC member nation i.e. twenty five.

At this occasion the best women entrepreneurs from each SAARC Country were awarded with certificates. From Afghanistan Ms. Rabia Muradi, from Bangladesh Ms. Tauhida Haider, from Bhutan Ms. Gyem Lham, From India Wandana Parnami, From Maldives Ms. Shaira Saleem, From Nepal Ms. Reeta Simha and from Pakistan Mrs. Faiza Samee (Pakistan). A SCWEC medical facility was also launched on the occasion that will focus on the medical needs of women in SAARC countries and also promote medical tourism in the country. The SCWEC Market Place Exhibition showcased Premium Jewellery, Clothing, Footwear, Handicrafts etc. under one roof from all the SAARC Countries.