SAARC Young Entrepreneur Forum Commences in Lahore


Following its vision of empowering positive business thinking and improving cooperation within the region, The SAARC Chamber of Commerce & Industry in collaboration with the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) is organizing the Young Entrepreneurs’ Summit – South Asia (YES-SA) 2014, on 14-15th February 2014 in Lahore, Pakistan.

The theme for this year’s Young Entrepreneurs Forum (SCYEF) is, “Building Bridges & Creating Opportunities”.

The forum will aim to discuss cross-border learning and networking among young entrepreneurs and to building connections with the wider eco system. More than 300 delegates will be attending this forum from different countries in the South Asian region to network, learn and share their experiences.

The Forum will also provide a unique platform for CEOs and business leaders to discuss the opportunities present in South Asian region and establish mutually beneficial connections.

Mr. Naeem Zamindar, CEO Wateen Telecom, Mr. Salim Ghauri, CEO Netsol Technologies LTD, Mr. Syed Yawar Ali, Chairman Nestle, Pakistan, Mr. Bader Khushnud, Consultant-Google Pakistan, Mr. Korvi Rakshand, Founder JAAGO Foundation Bangladesh along with other dignitaries from public and private sector will be key panelist and speakers at the event. Chief Minister Punjab Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif will give a special address at the event.

This strategic initiative is taken by the members of SAARC CCI Pakistan, who include Mr. Zulfikar Ali Bader, VC Pakistan SCYEF, Mr. Iftikhar Ali Malik, VP SAARC CCI Pakistan and Mr. Iqbal Tabish, SG SAARC CCI, who have worked to bring together business leaders from across the member countries.

Wateen Telecom will be providing connectivity for live streaming of the event. Live streaming will connect the Forum to a number of public universities in Pakistan and India who will be joining the conference via Google Hangouts. Students can participate in the Q&A session by forwarding their questions to the Google Moderator. Wateen Telecom has sponsored the entire live streamlining at the conference for the benefit of the people in the region. Chairman Pakistan People’s Party, Mr. Bilawal Bhutto is expected to address the gathering via live streaming.

Speaking about the Forum, Vice Chairman Pakistan SCYEF, Mr. Zulfikar Ali Bader said, “SAARC CCI Young Entrepreneur Forum is designed to bring together leaders from the eight chambers of commerce & Industry and to provide a forum of shared viewpoints on the future needs of South Asian region. The mission of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) is to develop a new generation of leadership to take Pakistan beyond the twenty-first century.”

This Forum will have a series of sessions designed to enhance participants’ knowledge, skills and abilities. Some of the key sessions are on ‘Going Global’, ‘Entrepreneurial Ecosystem’, ‘Socio Cultural Affinity’, and ‘Women Entrepreneur in South Asia’. The summit will also focus on promoting the spirit of entrepreneurship across the region and to strengthen economic, cultural and political ties among young entrepreneurs. Students from Punjab University, Lahore College, LSE and other public and private colleges and universities will be participating in the Forum.

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