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April 19, 2019

US-Pakistan Women’s Council Celebrates Its Second Anniversary

WASHINGTON — The US-Pakistan Women’s Council held a special event recently at the U.S. State Department to mark its second anniversary. The event was attended among others by Pakistan’s ambassador to the U.S., Jalil Abbas Jilani and the US ambassador-at-large for Women’s issues, Catherine Russell and President of American University Neil Kerwin, according to an embassy statement posted on its website.

The event focused on “Increasing Women’s Economic Participation in Pakistan”. Ambassador Jilani emphasized the need of empowering women by creating greater economic and employment opportunities. He said the US-Pakistan Women’s Council could play a key role in

Pakistan and the United States in May signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Joint Efforts to Enable the Economic Empowerment of Women and to Protest Women’s Entrepreneurship to help women have access to trade and investment opportunities. The Council can play a key role in identifying economic opportunities for women entrepreneurs of both Pakistan and the United States, the ambassador said.

Ambassador Jilani called for giving more access to Pakistani products in the U.S. markets, especially in the textile sector which is the largest employer of women in Pakistan. That will “go a long way in economically empower the women in Pakistan,” Jilani said.

The US-Pakistan bilateral trade stood at $ 5.3 billion in 2013, showing 3.3 increase over the preceding year. Pakistan’s top exports to the United Sates include women and girls trousers, toilet and kitchen linen of cotton, sweaters, vests, bed linen of cotton, floorcloths, dishcloths, dusters, men and boys shirts of cotton etc.

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