Keeping in mind the status of women in South Asia, the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) established a women's council named the SAARC Chamber of Women Entrepreneurs Council (SCWEC) on March 29, 2001, in Colombo, Sri Lanka. It was inaugurated on January 8, 2007, in New Delhi, India, during the tenure of SAARC CCI President, Mr. Dasho Ugen Tsechup Dorji, and Mrs. Nasreen Awal Mintoo, SCWEC Chairperson.

SCWEC, being a compelling platform for women entrepreneurs, provides opportunities for the intra-regional development of women entrepreneurship, the exchange of skills and knowledge among women entrepreneurs, and the building of trade links among the women of the SAARC region, adding to the efforts of regional integration by promoting intra-regional trade and enhancing people-to-people connectivity.

Our Mission:

The mission of SCWEC is to promote women entrepreneurship in South Asia, facilitate women in realizing their true potential and capabilities, strengthen their contribution to the welfare of the people in the region, and enhance the quality of life and status of South Asian women entrepreneurs within and beyond the region.


  • Network and connect women entrepreneurs and their organizations within the region.
  • Represent women entrepreneurs from the region in regional and international forums.
  • Advocate for the interests of women entrepreneurs and lobby for a conducive environment to realize their true potential.
  • Strengthen the bond of solidarity among women entrepreneurs of the SAARC member states.
  • Provide a platform for women entrepreneurs to exchange products, services, technologies, knowledge, and experiences.
  • Encourage members to utilize the services of SAARC CCI and its constituent bodies.

SCWEC Chairperson

Hina Mansab Khan

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