Businessmen role crucial for economic uplift, stability: FPCCI Presidential candidate

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Businessmen role crucial for economic uplift, stability: FPCCI Presidential candidate
Businessmen role crucial for economic uplift, stability: FPCCI Presidential candidate

DNA

ISLAMABAD: The presidential candidate for the FPCCI elections Muhammad Ali Sheikh has said that the role of the business community is vital for the economic uplift and stability of the country, as the businessmen are the backbone of the economy and a leading contributor to the economic progress and prosperity of the country.

In a statement issued here today, the FPCCI former Vice President and GCCI ex-Senior Vice President observed that the strengthening of the country’s economy and promotion of trade and industry has been the motto and priority of the Businessmen Panel, who has nominated him as the FPCCI’s upcoming election 2024 presidential candidate. He said that the present caretaker government has steered the country’s economy out of the crisis by making sincere efforts. He said that he would utilize his best abilities to bring closer the various besides to promote trade and industry. He said that the country’s economy was showing the signs of stability which bodes well for the development and prosperity of the country.

He pointed out the problems faced by the business community along with suggestions for their solution. He appreciated the role being played by the private sector, particularly the FPCCI, in the country’s economic development. He said at present, tough economic conditions called for taking difficult decisions but the government should have been committed to improve the economy. He also stressed the need for technical education’s close linkage with the industry. He said the government should give great importance to the business community and continue to support them by resolving their problems on top priority.

Muhammad Ali Sheikh said that the concerns of people associated with the SMEs should be conveyed to the concerned circles. He said that the government should be aware of the problems of the business community and all possible resources be utilized to solve them. He said that it is the responsibility of the government to provide conducive environment for businesses. On this occasion, he expressed his gratitude to the businessmen for their felicitation and said that with a view to ensuring trade facilitation in the region the problems regarding removal of trade barriers including acceptance of standard certificate, limitations of infrastructure in the land ports, should be removed. He also emphasized on restructuring production and export processes to improve trans-boundary trade in South Asia.

The new presidential candidate of the BMP said that Pakistan with its diversified resources and skilled workforce has tremendous potential to be the fastest-growing exporting region to the globe. We have huge potential in the area of tourism, agriculture, fisheries, industries, human development and many more. It’s time we push the government to seize the untapped opportunity in this region, he added.

He called for taking all steps to ensure a business and investment-friendly environment as it was imperative for economic progress and prosperity of the country. Pointing out the problems being faced by the trade and industrial sectors, he stressed the need for providing a level-playing field to the business community. The government should also reduce the cost of doing business by ensuring supply of energy at concessional tariff especially for SMEs sector, he added.

He observed that in view of achieving economic growth through consistency in policies, the government will have to take solid measures to strengthen the trade and industry, especially the SMEs, saving the livelihood of millions of workers associated with the small businesses.