Karachi, February 08, 2023 (PPI-OT):In an astounding development and in an era of political divisions, Mr. Baligh Ur Rehman, Governor Punjab and Haji Ghulam Ali, Governor KPK, have collectively inaugurated the new Lahore Office Complex of FPCCI – which is manifold bigger and better equipped than the old one; and, will be catering to the entire Punjab province, having 62 percent share in country’s population.
Mr. Irfan Iqbal Sheikh, President FPCCI, has apprised that Mr. Baligh Ur Rehman and Haji Ghulam Ali have collectively assured the business community to support their just causes and burning issues like delays in the opening of LCs; lack of incentives for exporters; planned withdrawal of power subsidy to the export-oriented industries and unavailability of affordable access to finance for the business community.
Mr. Irfan Iqbal Sheikh said that this initiative will project the soft image of Pakistan; help bring foreign investors in the country in general and Punjab in particular; provide a central point to the business community of Punjab for their policy advocacy with the provincial and federal governments and new office complex will serve as the nerve center for inputs in the upcoming budget-making exercise and charter of economy.
Mr. Irfan Iqbal Sheikh also stressed that Pakistan grossly lacks the facilities and infrastructure to prepare for, participate in and bring international trade and industry events to Pakistan; adding that trade fairs and exhibitions are the central requirement for any country to increase their exports.
FPCCI Chief said that we have done our part by establishing Lahore Office Complex through our own resources from the platform of FPCCI; and, now the government should play their role to facilitate our trade promotion activities and endeavours. Nonetheless, he expressed his gratitude that two top representatives of the federal government have come together to honour the milestone achievement of FPCCI.
Haji Ghulam Ali highlighted that the apex body of FPCCI and the business community genuinely needed this building and the milestone was long-over-due by nothing less than 40 years. He also offered to be a bridge between the business community and the federal government. He added that 96 percent of the business community’s assets and children are in Pakistan; and, this fact differentiates them from other influential segments of the society. Mr. Baligh Ur Rehman maintained that political instability is making the issues worse for the business community; and, have sought FPCCI’s recommendations to ease the difficulties of exporters and industrialists.
For more information, contact:
Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI)
Federation House, Main Clifton, Karachi, Pakistan
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