AsiaNet Pakistan 2012-12-05 20:00:18

Islamabad, December 05, 2012 (PPI-OT): Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) has taken special initiative to organize NGOs for development of micro enterprises in less developed cities of the country. Dr. Nasir Khan Ghauri, General Manager Business and Sector Development Division of SMEDA, while addressing a capacity building work shop for NGOs disclosed that 87 NGOs have been selected for the special initiative to be launched for small and micro enterprises. Primarily these NGOs were united in the four provinces.

Whereas, a national forum has also been developed to have a smooth collaboration and cooperation of the NGOs included in promotion of small and micro enterprises, he said adding the office bearers for the national forum were elected the other day at an NGOs get-together arranged by SMEDA at Islamabad. The united forum of NGOs at national level has been named as “Pakistan Livelihood and Enterprise Development Network (PLEDN), he added.

Dr. Ghauri said the significance of NGOs was revealed by SMEDA during implementation of a project for providing early relief to the SMEs damaged in the flood-2012. SMEDA has helped revive about 11242 flood affected micro enterprises in 29 districts with the assistance of local NGOs, he added.

Dr. Mohammad Nasir Khan Ghauri further said that, there was a need for holistic programme for enterprise and leadership development of women in the country as well through the networking that has been initiated under the platform of PEDN.

He informed that SMEDA had established women business incubation centers in major business cities like Lahore, Karachi and Peshawar. SMEDA has recommended to replicate such incubation centers in other cites as well, Dr. Ghauri added.

For more information, contact:
Liaqat Ali Gohar
DGM (Admin. and PR)
Small and Medium Enterprise Development Authority (SMEDA)
6th floor, LDA Plaza, Egerton Road, Lahore
Tel: 111-111-456
Fax: (042) 6304926
Email: helpdesk@smeda.org.pk
Website: www.smeda.org.pk

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