Businesss Association Development

CIPE began its chamber and association development project in Pakistan by conducting diagnostic assessments of the issues affecting various organizations. Based on the results of this survey, CIPE initiated a series of training programs for that benefitted over one hundred elected business owners and executive committee members. However, due to the limited tenure of participants the effectiveness of the program was minimal, so CIPE’s strategy shifted to include the management of chambers and associations in its training program.

Over the past four years, CIPE has significantly improved business capacity in Pakistan through adaptive programs such as the Chamber and Association Development Project. CIPE has worked with 130 of the 135 groups registered in Pakistan to strengthen the abilities of future leaders of democratic and economic policy reform.

Technical Assistance to Chambers and Associations
CIPE-Pakistan has extended technical assistance and financial support to major chambers and sectored associations over the last four years. A series of workshops on policy advocacy, governance, communication skills, and leadership have been organized to show business associations the value of chamber operations.

Most recently, CIPE conducted the second annual Secretaries’ General Conference in Lahore. More than 40 secretaries general from various chambers and associations attended the conference and shared their experiences, seventy percent of which were first-time participants.

The topics discussed during the conference included:

  • Key technical issues faced by business associations in Pakistan, possible solutions, and
    CIPE’s capacity building initiative.
  • Policy advocacy and the role of social media in effective policy advocacy, separation of duties
    between management and the board of directors, and proposal writing.
  • Challenges in setting a course for personal direction and working with business owners.

CIPE has extended technical assistance and financial support to major chambers and sectored associations since its establishment. A series of workshops on policy advocacy, governance, communication skills, and leadership were organized in various cities to show business associations the value of chamber operations.

Appreciating CIPE’s international expertise in chamber and association development, the Pakistani Ministry of Commerce invited CIPE to become a member of the committee that evaluates current issues related to the development sector and advise improvements. The revised Trade Organization Ordinance incorporated some of the recommendations of the committee, such as:

  • The formation of separate women’s chambers.
  • An induction of female members into the executive committee.
  • The formation of separate women’s chambers.
  • The preparation of business and financial viability plans.
  • A more accessible electronic membership list.

Business Support Grants
To help build the capacity of chambers of commerce and trade associations, CIPE-Pakistan provides targeted assistance to select organizations chosen through a competitive process. The following organizations have received CIPE small grants since 2007:

  1. Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry: to fund the establishment of a female
    entrepreneurs’ resource center.
  2. Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Industry: to fund the compilation a directory of women
    entrepreneurs and the promotion of development of business awareness among female
    entrepreneurs.
  3. Quetta Chamber of Commerce and Industry: to fund the creation of an electronic membership
    database, computerization the chamber, and website development.
  4. Sukkur Chamber of Commerce and Industry: to fund chamber website development and the
    creation of an online members’database.
  5. Mardan Chamber of Commerce and Industry: to fund a training resource center.
  6. Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry: to fund capacity building through business|
    support services that target women and youth.
  7. The Mutual Funds Association of Pakistan: to fund website development and printing of the
    training manual.
  8. Hyderabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry: to fund an electronic membership database
    and website development.
  9. Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Industry: to fund a web-enabled business directory and
    database.
  10.  Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry: to fund radio programs  for female entrepreneurs.
  11.  Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry: to fund the  digitalization of library resources .
  12.  Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry: to fund an organization assessment and build
    capacity.
  13.  Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry: to fund the establishment of a women’s resource
    center.
  14.  Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry: to fund an information resource center.

Institutional Development Grants for Women’s Chambers

  1. South Punjab Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry Multan
  2. The Central and Northern Punjab Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  3. Sindh Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry