my Karachi 2009

Karachi, the only port city in Pakistan, serves as principal gateway to Pakistan. Almost all external trade handled by its two major operating ports via Karachi Port and Port Qasim. It is the biggest metropolis of Pakistan, having population of about 11.5 millions. Over the years, it has emerged as the industrial, financial and commercial capital of the country. The Chamber of Commerce & Industry Karachi enjoys singular distinction of being the premier Chamber of the country, representing the mainstream of economic activities by virtue of its location in industrial and commercial hub of the country.

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It was formed in 1959 through the amalgamation of four trade bodies in Karachi at that time, namely, the Pakistan Merchants Association, Buyers and Shippers Chamber, Chamber of Commerce Pakistan and All Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry. It was restricted under the Trade Organizations Ordinance 1961, which regulates the working of the Trade Bodies in the country. The Chamber is affiliated with the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry. The untiring efforts of Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry are long comparable in promoting the industries and elaborating, has long been busy to brought all the issues and problems pertaining the business Community in front of the Govt. to resolve them as per requirement.

The Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry has been organizing the International Exhibition since 2001 and this time also it organized its 6th International Exhibition “My Karachi Oasis of Harmony” in collaboration with Government of Sindh and CDGK, the Inaugural Ceremony held on, June 5, 2009 at Karachi Expo Center.

Anjum Nisar, President of Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry, in an inaugural ceremony has openly mentioned that Siraj Kassam Teli’s leadership has provided a robust & encouraging environment to foster the team’s agility & enthusiasm that is currently engaged in elevation Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry up to International Standards. He also owed his compliments to his colleagues Tahir Khalil, Zubair Motiwala and Haroon Farooki for supporting the KCCI. While catching the attentions of the business community he said that Karachi is the centre for commercial and industrial activities as well as a hub for financial and service sector of Pakistan. In his address, while throwing light on the important of exhibition, he pinpointed that KCCI has designed sixth “My Karachi Oasis of Harmony (2009)” exhibition to act as the avenue for interactive (B2B) business – to – business linkages and (B2C) business to consumer’s relationship.

He stated, “KCCI’s My Karachi Expo is a showcase platform for domestic and global products and services to small traders, large industries, FMCG manufacturers, service providers, multinational companies, financial institutions and social welfare agencies of Pakistan and over 50,000 visitors to come and shop in style and strengthen the relationship among local and foreign corporate entities”. He expressed his feelings of jubilation over the participation of many countries etc; Turkey, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Vietnam & Sri Lanka. He was of the view that government, on its first priority, should change the live of Karachiites and for the development of trade & industry while demanding the proper electricity to this metropolis city.

The President urged the government to provide equal playing field to trade & industry of Sindh and particularly of Karachi, for taking appropriate measures to reduce the high cost of doing business, reduce the rising prices of utilities & others effects, rectify prolonged power & gas outages, improve the deteriorating law & order situation, recommend to reduce mark up rates, minimize multiplicity of taxes and levies, clarify negative portrayal of Pakistan’s image in the international media resulting in negative travel advisories to buys of foreign countries, inconsistencies in the rules & regulations governing economic activities such as unexpected change in the rules of taxations, the new established government does not implement the programmes chalked out by previous governments.

There should be no frequently changing of tariff structure. Supporting his views he said Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of the economy of any country. I would recommend the business community & the Govt. to extend special emphasis to promote the SME sector. I would urge the concern circles of the Govt. to establish more SME zones with one dedicated SME Zone for women Entrepreneurs. It is indeed, small and medium enterprises that can bring about economic revolution. In others Zubari Motiwala said in his warm address that no country gains a proper business unless its assures law & order situation, peace, stability and tranquility.

He was of the view that he is assuring his full support to catch the foreign investors in Pakistan to make it the hub of international activities. Elucidating, he said that KCCI’s efforts are no long comparable in organizing the My Karachi, Oasis of Harmony, in the shape of 6th International exhibition in Karachi. Siraj Kasam Teli, chairman businessmen group and former president of Karachi chamber of commerce & industry said that Industrialization is the only way to make a county more strengthen and it should be the foremost duty of the government to make it strong at solid bases while providing electricity & gas, ensuring law & order situation, providing peace and stability and stopping target killing.

Mr. Rauf Siddiqiui assured the business community that he doing much to promote industry. He quoted that as he already started separate power zone for industrial zone in Site so that no problems can be witnesses in the near future. While lauding the efforts of Anjum Nisar he such programs give a proof of peace, stability and in Karachi and in the country as well. Nisar Khoro in his final words highlighted the importance of such programs by KCCI and said that one day the Karachi will emancipate from the prevailing disturbance and deterioration.

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