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FPCCI ruling group lobbying in SAARC, ECO regions stands nowhere: Businessmen Panel

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Our Special Correspondent

LAHORE: The Businessmen Panel (BMP) on Thursday said Federation of
Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry ruling group UBG made
massive blunders in last four years to put country in economic
isolation.

Chairman BMP, Mian Anjum Nisar said today country faced serious
economic isolation and FPCCI put zero contribution in this regard
except self projection. They had no idea what was their responsibility
towards country economy nationally and internationally.

The concept of change which was promised four years back by the Patron
in chief of UBG have exposed now. Today they are hardly be a member of
any government forum.

UBG shifted the concept of FPCCI towards a ordinary body. FPCCI CPEC
Committee is almost dysfunctional. Similarly is participation and
active lobbying at ECO and SAARC regions through joint chambers stood
nowhere.

Anjum Nisar said FPCCI didn’t influences the economic policies of
government by sponsoring discussion forums for economists, civil
servants, and industrialists and through informal consultative
arrangements with government planners and policy makers including no
practical advice and information, services, and networking
opportunities to its chamber members.

He also said after winning the elections of FPCCI, BMP may do the
following things

(i) Undertakes economic research and encourages scientific research
useful for the development of industry and commerce.

(ii) Arranges business education and technical education.

(iii) Publishes periodicals for dissemination of information useful to
business community.

(iv) Provides library facilities to members.

(v) Offers advice and suggestion on management, quality improvement so
as to improve competitive strength of industry.

(vi) Arranges seminars, conferences and workshops on subjects of
importance to business community.

(vii) Sends trade delegations abroad to explore foreign investment and
assists in negotiating bilateral trade agreements.

(vii) Resolves differences and disputes among members through arbitration.

The Chairman also said we will start close liaising with the Foreign
Office in order to help them to reduce Pakistan economic isolation.

Similarly with the Ministry of Planning Commission and Reforms we may
discuss and convince the government to include the President FPCCI by
virtue of its designation may be member of the commission so that
private sector voice may be there before setting up new policy and
vision of the economy, Nisar added.

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