JALUKBARI, March 3 - Noted filmmaker Manju Borah today inaugurated a 4-day �National Seminar-cum-Product Exhibition of Women Entrepreneurs of North East Region�at the Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE) here.
The seminar-cum-exhibition, organised by IIE in association with Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti and Beti and Shiksha Foundation, aims at highlighting the activities of woman entrepreneurs of the region and also to showcase the business ecosystem in the region.
In her speech Borah encouraged the woman participants by highlighting the uniqueness of women in the NE and women-centric culture of the region.
She spoke about the active participation of women in family business development in the region. She also spoke on the traditional aspect of handloom weaving and the woman weavers of the region.
Ex-MP Narayan Borkotoki, who was the guest of honour, spoke about the capability of woman entrepreneurs in every industry in the NE. He stressed the need for support and hand-holding for women in the region to boost their income. He shared his experience of finding woman entrepreneurs in NE more successful than male entrepreneurs in the small-scale industries segment. He highlighted the importance of coordination between the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) and IIE for boosting the traditional sector of the region.
Director of IIE Manoj Kr Das highlighted the developmental agenda of the Govt of India for the people of North East and the historical connection between the north-eastern states and the rest of the country.
Renu Sharma, president of Beti and Shiksha Foundation, highlighted the importance of woman entrepreneurship in the North East. She briefed the gathering on the exhibition and seminar, organised to showcase the products of woman entrepreneurs of the region and also to address the issues faced by woman entrepreneurs of the region through various sessions.
Dr Sriparna B Baruah, head, CIE of IIE highlighted the SHG, MSME and Startup modes of woman entrepreneurship in the region. She rued the paucity of data on woman entrepreneurs, and spoke on the opportunities and challenges of woman entrepreneurs in the NE.
The event was attended by woman entrepreneurs from the NE and representatives from various women�s organisations.