The Aga Khan Economic Planning Board for Pakistan, in collaboration with Accelerate Prosperity Pakistan (APP), an initiative of the Aga Khan Development Network, held an entrepreneurship development seminar for the Southern, Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral regions at the Karachi School of Business and Leadership (KSBL) auditorium. 

145 aspiring entrepreneurs took part in the event. The goals of the programme were to spread awareness amongst the youth of the Jamat regarding entrepreneurship, funding opportunities by APP, and emerging business opportunities in Pakistan.

Beginning with a welcome note, the event was taken forward with a series of sessions led by experienced individuals in the field. The first session on emerging business opportunities in Pakistan was led by Mr. Mohammad Ejaz, CEO - Arif Habib REIT Management Trust, who shed light on current and upcoming trends of investment in the country and the increasing importance of entrepreneurship in current times. Following his session, Dr. Shoaib ul Haq, Professor of Digital Economy at KSBL, gave a discourse on the basics of entrepreneurship, the changing trends of technology-based entrepreneurship and creative ways of handling business. The last session was led by Mr. Imran Shams, Country Manager of APP, who explained the workings and benefits of opting for funding and support from Accelerate Prosperity Pakistan. The event was brought to a close with a thank you note to all the speakers and participants.

Throughout the event, the focus remained on the increasing importance of entrepreneurship in Pakistan and emerging trends in the field. There was a particular emphasis on how small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can contribute in improving the economic condition of the country and how they can be assisted by APP’s programs.

One of the participants mentioned, “These kinds of initiatives are necessary for our Jamat to prosper, especially the youth.”

In the words of Mr. Qizil Madad, Chairman PHGSWO, “The programme was a success and I commend the response of the Jamat in such a short time.” Mr. Imran Shams, Country Head of APP, thanked the Aga Khan Economic Planning Board saying, “We thank the AKEPB and other partners for their support in hosting such programmes in Karachi. This shows the outreach and strength of our institutions.”