Seminar organized by FICCI and Intel stresses on the need for an enabling environment to support and develop women entrepreneurs-
New Delhi, April 01, 2015: CICO Technologies CMD, Mrs. Anasuya Gupta who has been the inspiring force in transforming CICO Technologies and an avid supporter of women rights participated in a panel discussion “Women Entrepreneurs: Catalysts for growth”. The seminar was a platform to bring forth stakeholder’s views and put forward suitable recommendations for creating an enabling environment for women entrepreneurship in India. The event was graced by Ms. Lalitha Kumaramangalam, Chairperson, National Commission for Women who also addressed the distinguished audience present at the conference.
The panel discussion was the focal point of the seminar Accelerating women Entrepreneurship organized by WeConnect International in collaboration with FICCI and Intel India. The panel discussion saw active participation from some notable thought leaders like Mr. Yashpal Gupta, Chief General Manager, IDBI; Mr. RCM Reddy, Chair, FICCI’s Forum on Skill Development and Managing Director & CEO, IL&FS Education & Skills; Dr. Rishi Raj Singh, Programme Director, NIESBUD; Ms. Padmaja Ruparel, President, Indian Angel Network; Ms. Manjula Mishra, Director, Holosafe Security Labels Pvt Ltd; Ms. Sumeet Sandhu, Founder & CEO, Paintball Sports Co. Pvt. Ltd; Ms. Sucharita Eashwar, Executive Director For India, WEConnect International; and Ms. Anubha Grover, Head- Supplier Diversity, Intel India
Speaking during the discussions, Mrs. Anasuya Gupta, CMD CICO Technologies said “In India, the potential for supporting and developing women entrepreneurship is immense and increasing women’s earning capacity should be a national priority. Empowering women will not only provide a platform to boost India’s growth potential but will create positive social externalities for generations to come.”
Stating the constraints a woman entrepreneur has to face, she further added, “To encourage women entrepreneurs, we need to have viable policy reforms. Adequate checks and balances are important to ensure implementation of these policies to prevent malpractices and create a holistic enabling environment. Capacity building initiatives need to be extensively promoted like financial literacy, vocational training and education opportunities. A safe and conducive work environment is also an enabler and due measures must be taken in this regard.”
Apart from the panel discussion, a study on “Accelerating Women Entrepreneurship in NCR” highlighting key barriers, good practices, ideas, recommendations and concrete policy options for empowering women entrepreneurs was also released at the conference.
About Mrs. Anasuya Gupta:
Anasuya Gupta is the Chairperson & Managing Director of CICO Technologies Limited. Over the last 4 years, Mrs. Gupta has been repeatedly honored as a Business Leader of substance, an Outstanding Woman Contributor in the Construction and Infrastructure Industry and under her tutelage; CICO has won several honors including Best Professionally Managed Company and Outstanding Company in Construction Chemicals.
About CICO Technologies Limited:
CICO Technologies Limited (CTL), an ISO 9001:2008 certified company, is one of the oldest and most trusted construction chemical companies in India, known for the pioneering brand CICO. The company manufactures a vast range of construction chemicals and protective coating solutions. CTL’s superior quality products and services have been supporting India’s infrastructure growth since pre-independence.
CTL’s other major product, Tapecrete, is the most preferred waterproofing brand in India. CICO’s product range includes water-proofers, concrete admixtures, grout and grouting compound, industrial flooring, epoxies and repair compound, adhesives and sealants. In India, the company is known for pioneering 80 year old CICO brand.
CICO has five manufacturing units – in Gurgaon, Haridwar, Kolkata, Chennai and Kasna. CTL also has a presence in South Asian countries like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal, and is actively looking to expand its footprint into countries in the ASEAN region, as well as in Africa.

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