Businessmen seek talks with PM

They requested the premier to visit KCCI and discuss all pending issues

Our Correspondent March 06, 2024
Pakistan's Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif speaks at a news conference, at the UN, in Geneva, Switzerland, January 9, 2023. PHOTO: REUTERS


Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) President Iftikhar Ahmed Sheikh and Businessmen Group (BMG) Chairman Zubair Motiwala have urged Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif to resume the unfinished negotiations initiated during the last few days of his previous tenure as the premier.

They said though all the federal secretaries sent to KCCI had agreed on numerous remedial measures for creating an enabling business environment, most of them remained unimplemented, according to a statement released by the KCCI on Tuesday.

In a letter sent to the PM Office, the KCCI president and BMG chairman said despite assurances from the federal secretaries in the presence of PM Shehbaz during his previous tenure in a meeting held at the PNS Dockyard, most of the issues had not been resolved to date. At the same time, they pointed out, many others had also emerged with the passage of time, particularly the rising energy tariffs having a devastating impact on industries and SMEs, which required the PM’s intervention.

They requested the premier to visit KCCI to provide the business community with an opportunity to bring to light all pending issues.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 6th, 2024.

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