President Dr Arif Alvi on Thursday urged businessmen and industrialists to take action for financial inclusion and the empowerment of women and people with disabilities by employing them in their respective organizations. He said people with disabilities made up 12-14% of the country’s population and needed to be strengthened financially by providing them with jobs and equipping them with marketable skills with the special cooperation of the business community.
The president expressed these views during an interview with a delegation from the Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI), headed by its president Qaiser Iqbal Baryar, here in Aiwan-e-Sadr. The delegation briefed President Alvi on the export potential of SCCI and its contributions to the socio-economic development of the country. Qaiser Iqbal Baryar briefed the President on some issues faced by the business community in Sialkot. President Dr Arif Alvi assured the delegation to help resolve the issues facing CSIC.
Addressing the delegation, the President stressed that the government is focused on the empowerment and financial inclusion of young people, women and people with disabilities. He mentioned that the government, in this regard, had allocated 100 billion rupees under the Kamyab Jawan program to help them start their own business.
He regretted that due to the lack of awareness, the populations were not able to take full advantage of the loans offered by the government and stressed the need to facilitate and guide them to benefit from the loans.
Later, a delegation made up of women representatives from Rawalpindi, Islamabad and Attock Chambers of Commerce and Industry also called on the President and discussed measures to raise awareness of breast cancer in October. The delegation offered its cooperation in raising awareness of breast cancer with the support of NGOs, women’s universities, colleges and other concerned organizations.