LCCI and Pun­jab Govt for joint ef­forts

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Pun­jab Govern­ment and the La­hore Cham­ber of Com­merce & In­dus­try would work hand in hand to fa­cil­i­tate the busi­ness com­mu­nity. It was de­cided at a meet­ing be­tween Sec­re­tary En­vi­ron­ment Iqbal Cho­han, LCCI Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent Al­mas Hy­der and Vice Pres­i­dent Nasir Saeed here at the La­hore Cham­ber of Com­merce & In­dus­try on Mon­day.

Di­rec­tor Gen­eral En­vi­ron­ment Pro­tec­tion Agency Pun­jab Dr. Javed Iqbal, Di­rec­tor En­vi­ron­ment Pro­tec­tion Depart­ment Pun­jab Nasim-ur-Rehman, for­mer LCCI Pres­i­dents Shahid Has­san Sheikh, So­hail Lashari, Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee Mem­bers were also present on the oc­ca­sion. The LCCI EC mem­bers in­clud­ing Am­jad Ali Jawa, Dr. Qu­rat ul Ain, Ab­dul Raz­zak and Waqar Ahmed Mian took up the is­sues be­ing faced by their sec­tors with Sec­re­tary En­vi­ron­ment who as­sured to re­solve them with­out any fur­ther de­lay.

Sec­re­tary En­vi­ron­ment Iqbal Cho­han said that the en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues were of prime im­por­tance there­fore the in­dus­tri­al­ists par­tic­u­larly the ex­port-ori­ented in­dus­try should tackle them on pri­or­ity in the wake of GSP Plus sta­tus granted to Pak­istan by Euro­pean Union.

He said that the Pun­jab govern­ment would ex­tend ev­ery pos­si­ble help to the in­dus­trial sec­tor in this re­gard. He said that com­pli­ance to en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards was a pre­req­ui­site to do busi­ness with the de­vel­oped world there­fore the En­vi­ron­ment Depart­ment was work­ing tire­lessly to ed­u­cate the busi­ness com­mu­nity on th­ese stan­dards. The Sec­re­tary said that the govern­ment was en­cour­ag­ing the es­tab­lish­ment of low- cost wa­ter treat­ment plants and plants to con­trol the pol­lu­tion is­sues. He sug­gested to form a com­mit­tee for es­tab­lish­ment of wa­ter treat­ment plants in the in­dus­trial es­tates through pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ship.

He urged the La­hore Cham­ber of Com­merce & In­dus­try to hold sem­i­nars and work­shop to cre­ate aware­ness amongst its mem­bers re­gard­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues and lat­est tech­nolo­gies for wa­ter treat­ment etc. He said that Pun­jab govern­ment will sup­port such ini­tia­tives in the larger in­ter­est of the econ­omy.

Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, the LCCI Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent Al­mas Hy­der said that the field staff of Pun­jab En­vi­ron­ment Pro­tec­tion Depart­ment should be trained to give aware­ness to the busi­ness com­mu­nity re­gard­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues and their soft so­lu­tions. He said that a num­ber of LCCI mem­bers are con­stantly com­plain­ing against the no­tices be­ing served on them by En­vi­ron­ment Depart­ment.

They are very con­cerned about the un­duly strict stand­point taken by the con­cerned of­fi­cials. Al­mas Hy­der said that in­dus­try can­not af­ford wa­ter treat­ment plants as they in­volve a very high cost there­fore the govern­ment should come for­ward and put up wa­ter treat­ment plants in all the in­dus­trial ar­eas. The LCCI Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent said that the La­hore Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try was tak­ing all pos­si­ble mea­sures to ed­u­cate its mem­bers about the en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards in vogue the world over. He said that the cases should not be reg­is­tered against the busi­ness­men on en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues as the in­dus­tri­al­ists al­ways try their level best to com­ply with all govern­ment rules and reg­u­la­tions.

The LCCI Vice Pres­i­dent Nasir Saeed said that the mem­bers from Katar Band Road are fac­ing acute prob­lems. They are run­ning their in­dus­tries there for the last 30 to 40 years. A cou­ple of years ago, in close prox­im­ity of th­ese in­dus­tries, the Ir­ri­ga­tion Depart­ment es­tab­lished a res­i­den­tial colony.

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