Imphal: Entrepreneur development is an important key to economic development of a country, entrepreneurs not only provide self employment but also provide job opportunities for others, Manipur governor La. Ganesan said at Inspiration Episode 18, held on Sunday at City Convention Centre in Imphal.
The episode was held under the theme, ‘Entrepreneurship and Empowerment-Women in Manipur’, being organised by Dynamic Manipur in collaboration with Lamjing Meira.
Efforts have been made to develop entrepreneurial skills so that sufficient skilled manpower is available in the country to manage the scarce resources by developing cutting edge enterprises. “The new generations of entrepreneurs need technical, managerial, financial and marketing skills to meet the challenge of the new world order to be able to compete,” the governor said.
Uunemployment among the youth and the resulting sense of frustration is a central problem in the country especially in the North East including Manipur. Serious efforts have been made to mitigate the unemployment problems in the region. The initiatives will take time to show any tangible results on the ground. There is a need for innovation and participatory approach to attract experts in this field, he added.
In spite of many visible odds and limitations, a few women entrepreneurs in Manipur have shown their hidden talents in the form of perceptible scale of production of a few competitive items. Every year Manipur bags Outstanding Entrepreneur Award instituted by ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. “It is our responsibility to encourage and carry them forward in a new environment and policy support.,” he said.
The governor asked the department of commerce and industries to prepare a roadmap for industrialising Manipur through a sound policy of structured, skill and entrepreneurship development, particularly for women in modern Manipur.
MLA Sapam Nishikant Singh said women should be given preferences in any field in the society. He said, “We should encourage our girl child in education and other fields to help them setting their goals for a self dependent life.”
Women entrepreneurs, students and experts attended among others in the episode.