A delegation of Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry, in the lead of its regional chairman Dr. Mohammad Arshad held a meeting with Punjab governor Ch Sarwar here at Punjab Governor’s House to apprise him about the issues of the business community. Besides the regional chairman, the delegation was included FPCCI vice president Juma Khan, LCCI ex-president Muhammad Ali Mian, Chaghi Chamber president Mir Akbar Mangal, Quetta chamber former president Dr. Irshad, Sher Baz Khan, Syed Taimoor, Malik Ishaq and several other member of the FPCCI.
Governor Punjab Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar, on this occasion, assured the FPCCI to resolve their all issues, as the government is working on a comprehensive plan to address grievances of business community. He said that the government is also very much concerned about the trouble faced by the business community due to hike in cost of doing business. He said that the government is engaged with the business community on the all trade-related matters through consultation.
He appreciated the FPCCI for helping the unprivileged people of society during the difficult time created by the lockdown imposed to contain the spread of coronavirus. Governor said that the government had announced the biggest relief package in the history of the country which would help the poor segment of the society in this difficult time. The governor added that the government has announced relaxation for the construction industry, which will boost the economy.
Dr Arshad asked, on this occasion, asked the government to extend permission to the business community to run their businesses 24/7 before Eid ul Azha, as the restriction of timing and days also create hurdles in implementation of the government SOPs in their true spirit.
He said that the Eid ul Azha is an important event for the business community when business liabilities are paid off along with benefits to hundreds of thousands of people attached to different operations of the economic activities; hence, all economic areas should be functioning smoothly without any restriction on any sector of trade and industry.
He appreciated the reopening of two more border crossings with Afghanistan to boost trade between the neighbors, calling for opening trade routes with Iran too on permanent basis. It’s a good step that the government last month reopened the Torkham, Chaman, and Ghulam Khan border crossings, after they were closed in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The opening of borders with Iran and Afghanistan on permanent basis will help realize shared goal of optimum trade, connectivity and people to people facilitation between the two countries, he added. He added that the opening of land routes with the neighboring countries can enhance our revenue generations and economic growth by at least 40 percent.