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Importance of ECO increased manifold: Rauf Alam

Karachi, November 28, 2016 (PPI-OT): President of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) Abdul Rauf Alam on Monday said Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO) countries have great potential and the importance of this block has increased manifold in the current set of circumstances.

He said that we will try our best to make this block vibrant while government of the related countries should also play their role for the sake of rapid development which will reduce poverty and conflicts.

President FPCCI Abdul Rauf Alam who is also President of the ECO Chamber of Commerce said this while speaking at the ECO Day at FPCCI Capital House. Ambassadors and diplomats of ECO countries, senior leader of UBG Senator Abdul Haseeb Khan, VP FPCCI Zafar Bakhtwari, Chief Coordinator FPCCI Malik Sohail and others were also present on the occasion.

Rauf Alam said that AJK and China should be given Observer Status in the ECO while decisions taken during different meetings should be implemented.

He said that the group can become effective if the issues pertaining to transport and security issues are resolved. Now the world has abandoned forging political and military alliances and they are preferring economic alliances over other coalitions, he added.

He said that EU, CPEC, IPI, TAPI, CASA 1000, NAFTA, Asian etc. proves the importance of such alliances.

Over seven percent of the global population lives in ECO countries covering an area of eight million sq. kilometre and a combined GDP of almost two trillion dollars and 436 million population but it is not united despite common cultural and religious heritage.

The grouping consists of countries which are least connected while bilateral trade is hardly seven percent therefore all the countries should shun differences and join hands to fulfil shared aim of prosperity.

He called upon the Ambassadors to push their governments for quick trade facilitation measures, removal of distortions and doubts, creation of an encouraging environment for foreign investors, initiate market-oriented reforms and promote outward development strategies which will open opportunities for unlimited prosperity.

The economic blocks that prefer trade over politics have progressed with an amazing speed, said Rauf Alam.

For more information, contact:
Secretary General
Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI)
B-1, Federation House, Main Clifton Road,
Karachi-75600, Pakistan
Tel: +92-21-35873691, 93-94
Fax: +92-21-35874332
Email: info@fpcci.com.pk
URL: www.fpcci.com.pk

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