Face of the nation: G-B businessmen to represent at Global Entrepreneurship Summit

Waqar Abbas says initiative will provide an opportunity to broaden his vision.


Shabbir Mir July 23, 2015
Waqar Abbas says initiative will provide an opportunity to broaden his vision. PHOTO: www.ges.ecell-iitkgp.org

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Waqar Abbas, a resident of Skardu Town in Gilgit-Baltistan, is among two Pakistanis who will participate in the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Kenya this weekend.The summit has been organised on an annual basis since 2009 and encourages businessmen, educationists, policymakers and investors to support the growth of new enterprises in developing regions. This year’s ceremony will be addressed by US President Barack Obama.




Speaking to The Express Tribune over the phone on Thursday, the 30-year-old said he is excited about this opportunity. “The summit will give me a chance to interact with people from different backgrounds and broaden my vision,” he added.

Baby steps

After he graduated from the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi in 2010, Abbas co-founded RangYul Development Foundation, a social venture to assist small businesses grow by linking them with high-end markets. He is now the organisation’s chief strategy officer.

“I started this venture with a group of volunteers in May 2014,” he said. “Within a year, we were able to raise Rs3 million from various donors and managed to help over 350 entrepreneurs based in the mountainous regions of G-B expand their businesses.”

Feather in the cap

GES is yet another feather in his cap. Over the years, Abbas has attended a variety of programmes in the US on entrepreneurship development and fundraising. The 30-year-old has represented Pakistan on multiple platforms in US, Iran and Europe.

He has initiated youth development and empowerment initiatives in G-B, including the Meezan Young Leaders Development Program and Civil Society Young Leaders Development Program Skardu. “My vision is to empower and promote local businesses and entrepreneurs,” said Abbas.“Once this is achieved, we will be able to provide high-quality products at affordable prices and open doors for young people in the region.”



According to Abbas, G-B has a great deal of potential which ought to be fleshed out. “The local market can only be tapped if we groom and support young entrepreneurs,” he added.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 24th, 2015. 

COMMENTS (2)

Zainab Abid | 5 years ago | Reply Keep making proud Pakistan sir, The obsession for job killing creativity and innovation of youth now a days and there are thousands of jobless youth in Gilgit Baltistan. You are a ray of Hope and inspiration of youth. Proud of you our prayers are with you
Fida Ali | 5 years ago | Reply Thank you Express tribune for highlighting the young leaders of Pakistan. Individuals like waqar is making difference by helping small businesses to grow and empowering youth and social enterprises to grow further. We know him through social media and other sources that he and his team is doing lots of Youth empowerment and women empowerment programs. This initiatives will eventually help the disputed region of Gilgit Baltistan make progress and help the youth to be more aware and responsible around. Thank you once again team ETribune keep doing good work
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