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    Friday, 27 April 2018

    New Province is necessary to resolve the problems of South Punjab- Malik Asrar Ahmed Awan

    MULTAN, April 27th: Government will have to constitute a new province of "South Punjab"on administrative grounds to alleviate the miseries of this region. It was a demand of all sections of society ,said Malik Asrar Ahmed Awan President of Multan Chamber of Commerce & Industry (MCCI) while briefing the  Officers of 23rd Senior Management Course  of National Institute of Management who visited the Multan Chamber of Commerce and Industry. alongwith Samina Intizar Chief Instructor, Abdul Wajid Sheikh Director Administration introduced the member of delegation. Awan said that Civil servants should not hesistate to compensate the "Have-nots"and they must strictly adhere the merit so that unapproachable people could attain their right easily.The participants were given a brief presentation by Malik Asrar Ahmed awan and assisted by Khurram Javed Secretary General  on the profile and contribution  of the South Punjab to the country's economy by producing 80 percent of cotton 45 percent of Wheat, Good Quality Manago, dates, including its’ role in facilitating FDI,  an overview of Pakistan business climate and  Ease of doing business in this area, incentives and opportunities for potential investors  in this region. This  visit of senior staff to  the MCCI by the NIM Course members provided an opportunity for a good interaction between the members of senior government bureaucracy, who will have a profound role in future policy making in the country, and foreign investors on overall business and economic climate of the country. The meeting provided an opportunity for MCCI to highlight matters relating to the need for an effective government strategy and proper policy implementation for improving the country’s economy and attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), considering the fact that Pakistan offers a number of incentives for investors which are not available in the regional countries.Khawaja Jalaluddin Roomi Former President of MCCI said that doing businesses in Pakistan was not viable and we cannot compete even Bangladesh due to higher cost of production. We cannot avail the opportunity of GSP-Plus status due to these constraints. Roomi said that there was no need of granting subsidies to textile sector,Intead, Government should supply cheaper electricity,LNG besides better infra-structure. He said that international agencies  have declared Multan and south Punjab as second good option for business. There is great potential to invest in Cotton ginning, weaving, spinning,Agro-based industry, Power Generation, Tractor manufacturing, Oil- and flour mills. Syeda Sarwat Zahra told the participants that Multan Chamber was encouraging the skilled ladies and women entrepreneurs and providing them equal opportunities to introduce their products in International Markets.Samina Intizar Chief Instructor agreed that the issues of lack of timely decision making and proper policy implementation is one of the most important issues impacting FDI and opined that it can be addressed by giving incentives to the decision makers, and a close Public/Private partnership whereby focus groups could be made to identify areas of concern and a practical action plan suggested to address these concerns after proper and thorough research. Aurangzen Alamgir and Khawaja Muhammad Farooq also spoke.

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