Pakistani businessmen facing daunting challenges: FCCI

‘Chamber making hectic efforts to start direct hajj flights from Faisalabad’

FAISALABAD (INP): Doing business in the face of daunting challenges reflects the expertise, commitment and dedication of our entrepreneurs, said Engineer Suhail Bin Rashid president FCCI.

He was addressing the participants of 18th mid-career management course from the National Institute of Management (NIM) Karachi who visited FCCI in connection with their study tour.

President FCCI gave a detailed presentation on the role of Faisalabad in the overall economic growth of Pakistan and said that textile was the main stay of national economy. He said that half of the textile export is directly contributed by Faisalabad in addition to generating much-needed revenue for the government and providing jobs to the unemployed youth.

Responding to a question, he said that only few industrialists had shifted their units abroad due to the acute shortage of energy and deteriorating law and order situation in the country. However, most of the industrialists have patriotic approach and they believe in Pakistan and only Pakistan. Most of the industrialists are running their units with marginal profit with prime objective of saving jobs for their workforce.

Commenting on the problems of Faisalabad, FCCI president told that chamber was making hectic efforts to start direct hajj flights from Faisalabad, up gradation of Faisalabad Air Port, establishment of High Court Bench, provision of clean drinking water and hosts of other missing civic amenities.

He disclosed that FCCI had this year donated a huge amount of Rs.5.1 million for the internally displaced persons. Similarly once again we are now busy in fund raising for the flood affectees. “We are also collaborating with Governor Punjab Chaudhary Muhammad Sarwar to install water filtration plants to ensure clean drinking water to the deprived segments of the society”, he added.

Engineer Suhail Bin Rashid said that on the demand of FCCI, the abandoned Gas Power Plant just in front of FCCI Complex was put into operation by consuming gas quota of Faisalabad. “We were given assurance that electricity generated from the power house would be restricted for Faisalabad only, but when it started producing 120 MW of electricity, it was diverted to the National Grid.

Earlier, Lt. Col. ® Ijaz Ahmed Additional Director Staff NIM Karachi briefly explained the role of NIM in harnessing the administrative and managerial skills of the government officers in running the government machinery with clarity of purpose.

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