SCCI writes industrial, tourism sectors policies
PESHAWAR: President, Sarhad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SCCI), Usman Bashir Bilour on Monday said that the trade body has prepared vision documents for the development of industrial and tourism sectors in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Speaking in Guest Hour Programme of the Peshawar Press Club (PPC) here, he said that the vision documents have been prepared in consultation with the stakeholders in the province. The document, he said would be very soon resented to both federal and provincial governments, saying he is confident that the implementations of the documents would help the provincial economy stabilized.
Terrorism and militancy, he said badly affected the economy of the province while industrial and trade activities have come to standstill position.
Usman Bilour said that the trading community of Peshawar have rendered the sacrifices of both life and properties and for this purpose, he has contacted senior Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Bashir Ahmad Bilour and requested him for halting 25 per cent increase in the rent of the properties of the district overnment for a period of three years and added that the provincial government accepted the request.
Usman Bilour said that after assuming charge of the office of the president of the chamber, he selected some targets for himself, which, he said have been achieved under the guidance of the later and support of the business community.
The top most target, he said was the financial assistance of the terrorism affected traders and shopkeepers, which was provided for first time in the history of Pakistan. Furthermore, he said Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on the demand of the chamber had declared Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as war affected area and announced a special financial package.
The financial relief package, he said though was comprising of financial assistance for the victims of the bomb blasts, but it was declined citing resource constraints. He said that a delegation led by him took up the matter with Chief Minister, Ameer Haider Khan Hoti, who approved the release of Rs.160 million, the amount was distributed among the affectees of bomb blasts through bank cheques.
The president of Sarhad Chamber said that for the forst time in the history of the body a three years plan was made that have been sent to federal government and other relevant agencies of the government. -APP