RAWALPINDI - A delegation from US Embassy visited Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) on Friday and called on President RCCI Syed Asad Mashadi.

The US Embassy comprised Commercial Counselor Ms Cheryl Dukelow, Economic Officer Konstantin Dubrovsky, Country Director US-Pakistan Women’s Council Ms Kimberlee LeBlanc, Ms Megan Mcmillan Attorny-Advisoy CLDP and Commercial Specialist Malik Attiq.

The agenda of the meeting was to discuss the Pak-Afghan business women conference which was going to be held in March, 2015 in Islamabad.

Vice President Saboor Malik, Executive Members Ms. Saadia Waseem and Ms Farrah Javed, Educationist Khadija Mushtaq and other business women were also present on the occasion.

While elaborating the said conference Ms Kimberlee LeBlanc and Ms Megan Mcmillan said that US department of Commerce was organising a Conference in March 2015 to promote women entrepreneurs of both the countries. They said that 25 Afghan business women would participate and meet the Pakistani women entrepreneurs to extend direct relations with each other to enhance bilateral trade relations. They also appreciate the role of RCCI for promoting women in businesses and hailed the establishment of business women incubation centre by RCCI.

Speaking on the occasion President RCCI Syed Asad Mashadi said that RCCI has arranged successful events in collaboration with USAID in past and has a strong working relation with the US Embassy. Chamber had also awarded the US Embassy as best Foreign Mission of the year in its achievement award ceremony held in September 2014, which showed how closely RCCI and the Embassy work together for the betterment of business activities.

Mashadi ensured the delegates that Chambers women entrepreneurs would actively participate in the said conference as Chamber itself striving hard to promote bilateral trade relation with Afghanistan. He said that RCCI was going to organise two Made in Pakistan Expos one in Kabul and the second in Mizar Sharif in April 2015.

He said that RCCI had already organised two Expos in Kabul and now third time RCCI all set to arrange said Expo. He also invited US delegates to invite their Afghan businessmen to participate in the Expo and display their products to further strengthen bilateral relations.