Unisame seeks govt support for Small and Medium Enterprises
KARACHI: The Union of Small and Medium Enterprises (Unisame) has appreciated the role of the federal government in promoting Northern Areas tourism and urged to also promote Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to facilitate it by giving subsidised finance and tax holiday for the betterment of the tourist facilitator companies, a statement said on Wednesday.
Unisame president Zulfikar Thaver said that along with the Northern Areas, the government also needs to study the coastline in Sindh and Balochistan and facilitate the SMEs to set up guest houses, cafes, restaurants, boarding and lodging facilities in the areas.
It also sought government’s support for the small cottage industries and traditional cultural items of caps, scarves, dresses and footwear and local desserts and food items for the promotion of tourist attractions for both local and foreign visitors.
The Unisame Council experts urged the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (Smeda) to work on the idea and recommend to the federal and provincial governments to encourage, motivate, promote and facilitate the sector to avail the best opportunities, as the cities are getting saturated and crowded.
The additional advantage could also be the promotion of fruits, vegetables, and horticulture in the areas. The Unisame has called for the SME trade leaders to propagate and support the idea.
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