Govt urged to take policy measures for promoting women enterprises

ISLAMABAD, Dec 10 (APP):The Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) Monday called upon the government to take policy measures for creating a conductive environment for promoting women enterprises in the country.

“Women account for almost half of the country’s population and bringing them in the national mainstream is essential for its sustainable economic growth,” ICCI President Ahmed Hassan said while talking to a delegation of Rawalpindi Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RWCCI) that called on him led by its Senior Vice President Sadia Waseem Khawaja.
Moughal said the women, which were highly talented , had the potential to excel in every field, if provided with right environment as well as better exposure.
He said the government should focus on policy making for creating a friendly environment for women entrepreneurs. The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leadership had always raised voice for the economic empowerment of women and it was the right time for their government to transform the same into reality, he added.
He said the government’s decision to separate policy making and tax administration in the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) was laudable move, whose implementation would promote better tax culture in the country.
He emphasized that the government should take urgent measures to resolve the tax issues of women entrepreneurs.
ICCI Senior Vice President Rafat Farid and Vice President Iftikhar Anwar Sethi assured that the chamber would cooperate with the RWCCI for promoting the interests of women entrepreneurs.
Both sides also discussed various issues of common interests.
RWCCI’s Sadia Waseem Khawaja highlighted the various issues being faced by the women entrepreneurs. She said the lack of tax reforms was impeding the growth of women enterprises.
She said the FBR’s random audit selection process was creating problems for businesses, including women entrepreneurs and urged the Bureau to streamline it. She said women entrepreneurs of boutique business were paying double tax in the form of income and sales tax that should be revised.
She said the ICCI should take the WRCCI on board while sending its delegations to foreign countries and holding exhibitions so that with joint efforts, new opportunities for women entrepreneurs could be explored.