Citibank N.A., Pakistan (Citi) and the British Asian Trust hosted a panel discussion at the British Deputy High Commission in Karachi last month to celebrate the success of the first year of the Urban Youth Programme; a joint initiative to empower young entrepreneurs in Pakistan to develop and grow new businesses as part of the Citi Foundation’s Pathways to Progress initiative. This was implemented by the LUMS Centre for Entrepreneurship, and co-developed and managed by us.

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The event brought together leaders from across the business, government and development sectors, as well as young entrepreneur graduates from the programme, to take part in a discussion on the importance of nurturing youth entrepreneurship and financial inclusion for Pakistan’s future growth and prosperity.

Ellin Burns, the British Deputy High Commissioner who hosted the event, said in her opening remarks: “I am delighted with the outcome of this joint initiative. Having been associated with the British Asian Trust and Citi Foundation in support of the launch of their joint report Sustainable Livelihoods: Investing in Pakistan’s future, it is extremely positive to see how this programme has come to fruition, with the potential to be scaled further in future”.

Speaking about the initiative, Richard Hawkes said: “We believe that there is terrific untapped potential in the young people of Pakistan. With the right support and training, young people can thrive in their careers and add considerably to their country’s prosperity.”

We are now delighted to be able to scale this work in future through the support of The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation.