26 April 2010
Today, President Obama fulfills a pledge he made last year in his speech to the Muslim world in Cairo. He speaks at a Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship which begins Monday, for which business leaders from Pakistan including Mian Mohammad Mansha, Mudassar Malik of BMA Group, Roshaneh Zafar of Kashf Foundation, and Salim Ghauri of Netsol have been invited. Panelists at the White House Summit on Entrepreneurship include Eric Schmitt, CEO of Google, Arif Naqvi of Abraaj Capital, and Mohammed Younus of Grameen Bank.
In his June 4 Muslim address in Cairo, Obama said he wanted to “create a new corps of business volunteers to partner with counterparts in Muslim-majority countries.” On Sunday, BMA Capital hosted a pre-Summit reception along with the MIT Enterprise Forum and OPEN (Organisation of Pakistani Entrepreneurs) in Washington DC, where Muddassar Malik, CEO of BMA Funds said “BMA is honoured to have been invited as a delegate to President Obama’s Summit on Entrepreneurship. We hope to partner with like-minded people and institutions to further socioeconomic growth and development in the Muslim world”.
The summit is designed, as Obama put it last year, “to identify how we can deepen ties between business leaders, foundations and social entrepreneurs in the United States and Muslim communities around the world.”