By Rafiq Vayani
KARACHI: The Securities & Exchange Committee of Pakistan (SECP) has assured women entrepreneurs to do business and remove barriers to company registration. On request of FPCCI Women Entrepreneur Committee, also assured to consider setting up a one-window facility to assist women entrepreneurs at SECP.
SECP Additional Registrar, Syed Iftikhar-ul-Hassan Naqvi and Woman Registrar Fauzia Rashid discussed in detail the difficulties faced by women entrepreneurs in company registration at a meeting of the Women Entrepreneur Standing Committee held at FPCCI. They informed the participants that the duration of company registration is being minimized and within 4 hours, it may be registered, while the procedure has also been simplified.
Hanif Lakhany, VP FPCCI, Nazli Abid Nisar, Convener Women Entrepreneur Standing Committee, former Vice President FPCCI, former Vice President Women Chambers of Commerce South, Lubna Aman, Sindh Bar Association, Council members and High Court Advocate, Female SHO Hina Mughal, Farah Khan,
Sub-Convener Farah khan, Shimmi khan, Iqra Saqib, Afzala Shaheen, Yasmeen Arif, Tuba Ahmed, Nusrat, Irum Fawad, Zeeshan sheikh, Faiza Ahmed, Rabia, Shiza, Sobia, Bisma Bader, SVP WCCI, Sadia Khalid, VP WCCI, Mariam Faisal and Rubin’s Laeeq also attended the meeting.
“If a company mimics a logo or uses someone else’s logo illegally, an urgent petition should be filed against it. Under which immediate action will be taken”, SECP officials informed.
Nazli Abid Nisar, Convener Women Entrepreneur Standing Committee, former Vice President FPCCI, former Vice President Women Chambers of Commerce South urged SECP officials to provide business facilities for women entrepreneurs and facilitate company registration. She suggested setting up one window facility and separate desk.
Convener Women Entrepreneur called for encouragement of women entrepreneurs and provision of business opportunities on equal basis, and said that laws should be enacted to provide business protection to women entrepreneurs. Women entrepreneurs must register their trademarks, logos and patents so that no one else can take advantage of them illegally.
Nazli Abid Nisar also asked for the prevention of harassment of women in offices, cybercrime protection and giving them basic rights, and said that there should be no obstacles in their way of doing business. She also appreciated the assurance of the Additional Registrar SECP for company registration within 4 hours and also discussed how to ease doing business.