USAID’s Women in Trade Job Fair Opens New Avenues for Female Job Seekers

USAID’s Women in Trade Job Fair
USAID Provincial Director Mr. Leon S. Waskin with a group of female stall holders at the Trade Job Fair.
USAID Pakistan

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
The USAID-sponsored Women in Trade (WIT) job fair held in Karachi ended on a high note Tuesday with more than 150 candidates from varied academic fields, over 10 universities and academic institutions, and more than 20 renowned trade organizations in attendance. USAID Provincial Director Mr. Leon S. Waskin was the Chief Guest at the full-day Job Fair, held at the city’s Avari Towers. 
 
“The American people are committed to increasing economic opportunities for all Pakistanis, especially women,” Mr. Waskin told the attendees.  “The Women in Trade Management Training & Mentorship Program is a fine example of USAID’s contribution to empowerment and career development for Pakistani women.”
 
The Job Fair proved to be a landmark event in promoting recent women graduates as well as experienced female professionals in the field of international trade.  More than half of Pakistan’s population is female, and the number of women graduating from universities is increasing every year.  These fresh graduates not only seek challenging openings in the job market, but also possess a genuine desire to contribute to the development of their communities and Pakistani society.  The Job Fair bridged the gap between academia and industry by bringing together recent female graduates and renowned trade organizations.  Mr. Waskin noted that 66 recent trainees in the WIT program have accepted full-time employment following the program’s completion.  
 
As part of larger efforts to ensure economic stability and growth, USAID provides technical assistance to the Government of Pakistan and private sector stakeholders to improve the country’s trade environment and facilitate cross-border trade. Private sector growth is the key to enable Pakistan’s success in the global economy. 

Last updated: July 01, 2014

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