On Thursday, February 27th, a conference on ‘SC-ST Entrepreneurship and Women Empowerment’ was organised at the State Convention Centre, in Shillong, by the MSME Export Promotion Council. The event was aimed at motivating women in the state of Meghalaya to take up entrepreneurship, and achieve financial independence.
Tathagata Roy, the governor of Meghalaya, was the chief guest for the inaugural programme, while health and family welfare minister AL Hek was the guest of honour.
The governor said that women have always held a special position in the Northeastern region, and with Meghalaya being a matrilineal society, women entrepreneurs must further leverage the opportunities it offers.
He said, “This seminar is important in the sense that we are trying to make our entrepreneurs be job givers rather than job seekers. Meghalaya has abundance of resources that can be made into a product, and agro-based products if systematically cultivated and packed and if MSME can act as a facilitator, it can create a whole new platform for the entrepreneurs.”
The minister also delivered a speech encouraging entrepreneurs to develop patience and work hard, to find success. He said that the market conditions should also be evaluated carefully, and their products should be conceptualised on the basis of their findings.
Other notable attendees of the event included DS Rawat, chairman of the MSME Export Promotion Council, Theilin Phanbuh, chairperson of the Meghalaya state Commission for Women, and B Mawlong, the Joint Secretary to the Government of Meghalaya, Commerce & Industries Department.