Sheikh Aamir Waheed was formally sworn in as the new elected president of the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Following the recent elections for the year 2017-2018 of the ICCI, Muhammad Naveed was elected as Senior Vice President and Nisar Ahmed Mirza as Vice President. All the candidates were chosen unanimously and have taken charge of their respective portfolios. Their unopposed election reflected the trust and confidence of the business community on their abilities and past performances.
Given his outgoing and flexible nature, the recently chosen President Sheik Aamir Waheed guaranteed that he would keenly focus on settling the key issues of the trade community. He said working in collaboration with the market unions and industrial areas would be further reinforced so that issues of trade industry could be settled with common efforts. Owing to his solid track record of connecting with the decision makers, Mr. Waheed guaranteed the business community that he will put all his efforts to highlight the major issues of the all market segments including the services sector and trade industry to get them settled by taking them up at the relevant decision making fora.
Mr. Waheed further added that Small and Medium-sized Enterprises are considered as the backbone of economic growth for any nation and government must grant special attention to SMEs. He said that SME arrangement was previously revised in 2007 and for the steady revival of the economy, SME segment must be supported with trade friendly SME policy. He said that the government should adopt concrete measures for resolving the major issues of small and medium-sized enterprises that would offer assistance in accomplishing sustainable economic growth.
Commercial Counsellor and Head of Economic & Commercial Wing, Embassy of Pakistan in Spain, Dr. Muhammad Hamid Ali paid an official visit to ICCI. Speaking at the occasion President ICCI said that Pakistan and Spain enjoy strong bilateral relations which should be further strengthened through mutual trade and investment. He added that Pakistan Embassy in Spain should help share the right trade opportunities with local chambers of commerce so that Pakistani traders could utilize that information to export their products to Spanish markets. He expressed his desire of sending ICCI’s business delegation to Spain.
Portugal needs to be promoted further to realize the full potential of healthy bilateral relations between the two countries. He proposed that Portugal should increase the imports of garments,textiles, sports goods, surgical instruments, fruits & vegetables and leather products, besides other goods to yield the maximum benefits of GSP plus status enjoyed by Pakistan. Portugal has strong product base in renewable energy products and it can help Pakistan in overcoming energy shortage, he further added. Dr. Joao Paulo said that Portugal is offering a Golden Visa Program for real estate investors and Pakistani business community should avail this chance to explore investment opportunities in Portugal.
Muhammad Naveed, Senior Vice President ICCI and Nisar Ahmed Mirza, Vice President ICCI stressed upon the need for frequent exchange of trade delegations for the identification of new areas for mutual cooperation between the two countries. They said that investors from Portugal can benefit from the huge investment opportunities in China Pakistan Economic Corridor through joint ventures and investment in infrastructure, information technologies, industries and energy sectors of Pakistan’s economy.
The outgoing President ICCI, Khalid Iqbal Malik congratulated the newly elected office bearers and the members of ICCI executive committee and hoped that they would employ all their capabilities to provide full support to members of ICCI in making it a strong chamber of the country and promoting business activities.