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Women entrepreneurs for friendly trade policy

KASKI: Women entrepreneurs based in the Gandaki State have demanded a women-friendly trade policy
Women entrepreneurs present in a mass gathering hosted by the Women Entrepreneurs Sub Committee of Pokhara Chamber of Commerce and Industry here today raised the voice for the business policy friendly to them. The gathering held with experts concerned focused on finding out ways for the expansion of women entrepreneurship by charting out new potential areas.
Various people presented papers on several topics including the industrial trade act, social security fund and tax education.
Chamber president Damu Adhikari spoke of the need for women’s participation in the policy-making and decision-making levels, urging women entrepreneurs to be proactive to exercise their legal rights. As he said, grant and subsidies schemes meant for women were yet to reach among real women entrepreneurs. Besides, they are facing multiple issues such as acquiring PAN, finding market for the products, and the location for starting a new business.
Sub- committee coordinator Kumari Muna Bastola urged women entrepreneurs to have knowledge about facilities granted to them by the State.
Inland Revenue Office, Pokhara chief tax officer Keshab Kumar Upreti said women-run small and cottage industries were entitled to more tax discount than others. He urged women to invest in the sector of comparative benefits. Stating that to pay tax was the duty of citizens, he said those avoiding the tax had not right to criticize the government.
Women entrepreneurs were urged to identity areas of comparative benefits for investment.
Prior to this, inaugurating the event, Gandaki State Minister for Social Development Naradevi Pun said education was the first condition for establishing the women’s rights. She called on women to focus on self capacity building and enhancement to throwaway dependency.
People from different walks of life including business, academia and law were present on the occasion.

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