Islamabad, June 20, 2013 (PPI-OT): Syed Tahir Shahbaz, Chairman, Capital Development Authority (CDA) has decided to visit all major markets of Islamabad turn by turn to see the on ground situation of problems and take required remedial measures to facilitate the business community.
Addressing a large gathering of business community at Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Chairman CDA said that he is fully aware of the problems of business community and from next week, he would kick start visits of major markets for 2 hours daily to get stakeholders input and come up with optimum solutions of their problems.
He termed trade and industry as engine of economic growth and said that CDA wants actual representation of ICCI in its Board to take businessmen into confidence in policy-making process. This matter has been discussed in Standing Committees of National Assembly and Senate to complete legal formalities and assured that he would fully support ICCI representation in CDA Board so that business community could have a strong voice in CDA affairs.
Syed Tahir Shahbaz also announced to allocate a cricket ground to ICCI so that Chamber could contribute in promoting sports activities. He admitted that there are lots of issues to be resolved but due to financial constraints of CDA, we have to prioritize them for redressal. He assured that he would look into all issues raised by the businessmen to find their best solutions.
In his welcome address, Mr. Zafar Bakhtawari, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry highlighted the different issues being faced by the business community. He said till the formal notification of ICCI representation in CDA Board, the civic body should unofficially invite ICCI to its Board meetings for getting input.
He stressed that establishment of a new Industrial Estate in Islamabad to promote industry, simplifying the complicated lease renewal process, allocation of plots in markets for construction of residential plazas for small traders, providing car parking facilities in commercial centers and improving roads, water and sewerage infrastructures in markets are some of the major issues that need urgent attention of CDA.
Mr. Tariq Sadiq, Chairman Founder Group highlighted the issues of industry. He demanded that CDA should allow bifurcation of industrial plots on the basis of one-plot-one-bifurcation and change of trade except for negative list. The maximum height of buildings on industrial plots should also be raised from existing 30ft to 50ft.
Mr. Munawar Mughal, former President ICCI said some issues are pending since the last more than 8 years with CDA which have not been resolved as yet. He said CDA should play the role of a facilitator for business community which will also improve its own revenue position. Former Presidents ICCI M/s.Abdul Rauf, Ejaz Abbasi, Zahid Maqbool, traders’ leader Ajmal Baloch and Presidents of different Markets Associations also highlighted the issues of traders with the request for their urgent solution.
For more information, contact:
Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Chamber House, Aiwan-e-Sanat-o-Tijarat Road,
Mauve Area, G-8/1,
Tel: +9251 225 0526 and 225 3145
Fax: +9251 225 2950