islamabad - Pakistani and American partners, US Mission Pakistan jointly-hosted a series of events in Islamabad, Karachi, and Peshawar ending November 16, promoting a vibrant and innovative Pakistani economy. This year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week is an annual international celebration promoting entrepreneurs and the entrepreneurial spirit.  Including Pakistan, Global Entrepreneurship Week is celebrated in 170 countries around the globe, connecting aspiring and practicing entrepreneurs and advocating for an economic environment conducive to innovation, said a US embassy statement. In Islamabad, events included a Coffee Talk between women entrepreneurs and Catherine Jones, wife of US Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Paul Jones and herself an entrepreneur.  The US Mission also hosted a roundtable where Pakistani entrepreneurs who received assistance through USAID programs shared their experiences, challenges, and successes with their peers.   In Karachi, the US Consulate organized a series of talks focused on entrepreneurial culture and encouraging persistence.  Fred Walti, Chief Executive Officer the Network for Global Innovation, shared his entrepreneurial journey from a motorcycle racer to clean technology entrepreneur. 

The Consulate also hosted a tea with a local entrepreneur at the Lincoln Corner Larkana. The US Consulate Peshawar hosted a series of talks at Lincoln Corners and partner institutions for students and young entrepreneurs. 

Rashid Aman of the Small and Medium Enterprise Development Activity spoke specifically on youth entrepreneurship in Khyber Pakhtukhnwa.  Gohar Saleem, of the Coordinator Entrepreneurship Development Cells spoke to students about American lessons on entrepreneurship.  The Eleanor Roosevelt Corner in Peshawar hosted a seminar for female business and arts students on how women can connect to the entrepreneurship ecosystem. The US Consulate in Lahore launched their latest web series focusing on entrepreneurship and business, featuring information on resources for members of the business community. The Consulate also met with a delegation from Bolingbrook, Illinois, which is in Pakistan visiting sister city Sialkot with the intention of reinvigorating business and entrepreneurship ties between the two cities.