Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy addressing the event at State Convention Centre in Shillong on Thursday

Shillong: With an aim to encourage women to be involved in entrepreneurship, the MSME Export Promotion Council on Thursday organised a ‘Conference on SC-ST Entrepreneurship and Women Empowerment’ at the State Convention Centre, in Shillong.

Meghalaya governor Tathagata Roy and health & family welfare minister AL Hek attended the inaugural programme as chief guest and guest of honour, respectively.

While addressing the event Roy said that the Northeastern region has a special status for women and Meghalaya being a matrilineal society has an advantage for women entrepreneurs to explore the opportunities available in the state.

“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,” said Roy.

Meanwhile, Hek said that hard work and patience is the key to be a successful entrepreneur. He also said that entrepreneurs should look at the market scenario and conceptualise their products accordingly to be successful entrepreneurs.

Present at the event included chairman, MSME Export Promotion Council, DS Rawat, chairperson, Meghalaya state Commission for Women, Theilin Phanbuh and Joint Secretary to the Government of Meghalaya, Commerce & Industries Department, B Mawlong.

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