Auto policy encouraging but imperfect: FPCCI
The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) on Tuesday said recently announced Automotive Development Policy 2016-21 is encouraging but far from perfection.
The policy announced after delay of three years claims that it encourages new manufacturers to enter the market while promoting the latest technologies but it seems difficult in the current scenario, said Abdul Rauf Alam, President FPCCI. In a statement issued here Yesterday, he said that Pakistan continue to use substandard petrol called RON 87 since twenty years while the rest of the world except Somalia use RON 92, RON 94 etc. which is not only environment friendly but also save repair costs.
Abdul Rauf Alam said that the consumption on petrol in country is up to 17,000 tonnes per day in which almost 55 percent is consumed by motorcyclists that deserve fuel of better quality and a cleaner environment.
Continued import of substandard fuel has pushed away international suppliers from Pakistani market leaving government depended on few suppliers with no competition, he noted.
The president FPCCI said that oil industry should invest in technology upgradation, storage enhancement and import quality fuel to save cost of mases and industry which is already facing heavy losses due to increasing share of fake and substandard lubricants.
He said that government should advance soft loans to refineries that are unable to bear costs of processing quality fuel while proposal to allow sale of petrol of various qualities must be rejected as it will lead to adulteration which is against the interests of masses. Reducing share of substandard lubricants and introducing quality fuel will result in renewed interest of foreign investors in Pakistani market, he said.