Karachi, April 27, 2016 (PPI-OT): The leadership of Businessmen Group and Office Bearers of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), while highly criticizing the Directorate General of Trade Organization (DGTO) over its move to seek proposal from Chambers/ trade associations about extending Office Bearers’ tenure from one to two years, categorically stated that the Karachi Chamber, being the largest and Premier Chamber of Pakistan, is not in favour of extending the tenure of Office Bearers of all Trade Bodies from one to two years.
In a statement issued, Chairman Businessmen Group and Former President KCCI Siraj Kassam Teli, Vice Chairmen BMG and Former Presidents KCCI Tahir Khaliq, Zubair Motiwala, Haroon Farooki and Anjum Nisar, President KCCI Younus Muhammad Bashir, Senior Vice President KCCI Zia Ahmed Khan and Vice President KCCI Muhammad Naeem Sharif stated that only those trade bodies/ associations which were being run by unscrupulous elements will support such an unjust extension so that they could get maximum time to attain their personal goals.
It is pertinent to mention here that Deputy Director DGTO Arshad Nawaz, in a communiqué, requested all trade bodies, including Chambers of Commerce and Trade Associations across Pakistan, to give their feedback on a proposal received from different trade organizations to extend tenure of Office Bearers from one year to two years. Seeking feedback within seven days from trade bodies, Deputy Director DGTO said that the proposed amendment in Sub Section (1) of Section 11 of Trade Organizations Act 2013 is required to extend the tenure of office bearers of all trade organizations from one year to two years.
The Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry immediately submitted its deep reservations to DGTO in which they warned that in case the tenure of Office Bearers is extended, experienced and dedicated persons will desist from holding this important Office as nobody can afford to hold the Office Bearers’ slots for an extended period of two years at the cost of their personal business activities.
Chairman Businessmen Group and Former President KCCI Siraj Kassam Teli stated that the business and industrial community of Karachi will strongly protest the proposed amendment in relevant section of Trade Organization Ordinance 2013 which will not be accepted at any cost. He said that this was not the right way to make amendment in Trade Organizations Ordinance as the repercussions of such amendment should be extensively discussed by convening a meeting which must be attended by all stakeholders.
BMG Leadership and KCCI Office Bearers pointed out that in the present circumstances, many capable businessmen are reluctant to spare even a period of one year for holding the office as it is a full-time job which interrupts/ disturbs their personal business activities.
They said that the Office Bearers sacrifice their businesses and even their personal life for a period of one year to effectively serve the business and industrial community without any financial benefits. Any attempt to enhance the tenure from one year to two years, will surely discourage many dedicated and intellectual businessmen to take over this important position, leaving enough vacuum for unscrupulous elements to benefit from the situation and resulting in sabotaging the credibility and performance of many trade associations/ Chambers of Commerce.
They requested the Federal Minister of Commerce Khurram Dastgir Khan not to pay heed to any demand pertaining to irrational extension in tenure of Office Bearers as this unjust demand was only being made by those elements who simply want to stay in control for a maximum period in order to attain their personal objectives. Such elements are purely incompetent and they will never work in the interest of business and industrial community, they added.
They further mentioned that becoming an Office Bearer of Chamber of Commerce and any trade association is a highly reputable and equally responsible position which demands extraordinary efforts and extreme sincerity. Hence, any unwise move in this context will create multiple problems not only for the business and industrial community but also for the government as misrepresentation at such important positions will prove to be detrimental for the concerned trade body and for the economy, they warned.
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