Lahore, March 07, 2014 (PPI-OT): The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Friday established Help Desk at its premises to facilitate the LCCI members belonging to cottage industry.
The Help Desk was inaugurated by the LCCI President Engineer Sohail Lashari while the Chairman LCCI Standing Committee on Cottage industry Ghulam Sarwar Malik and a large number of LCCI members were also present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, the LCCI President said that the economic revival of the country would remain a dream until and unless the government redesigns its policies and divert resources towards cottage industry. He said that early establishment of a well equipped cottage city on the pattern of industrial zones in the country should be made part of the economic agenda of the government.
Engineer Sohail Lashari cited the example of China, Korea and United States where an equal importance is being given to the small business. They are treated at par with Large Scale Manufacturing sector. He said that despite having all the resources, the economic downturn being witnessed by the country is an eye-opener for the people sitting at the helm of the affairs.
The LCCI President said that the Lahore Chamber of commerce and Industry would also have meeting with the top officials of the Lahore Customs Collectorate so that exporters of cottage industry products could get maximum facilitation.
The LCCI President suggested to the government to evolve short-term sector-specific policies to break the economic logjam as it has proved that the longer term policies generally fall prey to political uncertainties.
Secondly, he said that government should expedite process of consultation with private sector as the business community is the real stakeholders and no policy should be announced without due consultation with the businessmen.
The LCCI President said that the cottage and small-scale industries are labor intensive and provide employment to 80 per cent of the industrial labour force. This reduces the unemployment and offers opportunities for self-employment. He said that cottage industry also meets the local demands for industrial goods, and save foreign exchange.
In his address, the Chairman All Pakistan Cottage Industry Ghulam Sarwar Malik sought the help of Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the revival of cottage industry. He said that some well-equipped space must be allocated by the government for the cottage industry so that the people attached with cottage industry could be able to do their businesses with peace of mind.
He said that the Lahore Chamber should play its role to curb the menace of smuggling that is hitting the cottage industry hard. He said that the State Bank of Pakistan should be directed to give interest free loans to the cottage industry.
For more information, contact:
Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI)
Lahore -54000, Pakistan
Tel: +9242 111 222 499
Fax: +92 42 636 8854