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Sindh Chief Minister to inaugurate 15th My Karachi – Oasis of Harmony Exhibition today

Karachi, April 19, 2018 (PPI-OT): Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah will inaugurate the 15th sequel of My Karachi – Oasis of Harmony Exhibition of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) on Friday (Today), April 20, 2018 at Karachi Expo Centre in which local and foreign exhibitors will be showcasing their products and services in front of around 1 million visitors.

The three-day long exhibition, which will conclude on April 22nd, 2018 (Sunday), will provide a perfect platform for Business-to-Business and Business-to-Consumer meetings, besides providing expanded recreational facilities to Karachiites who densely participate in this glittering event every year.

Highlighting the journey of My Karachi Exhibition, President KCCI Muffasar Atta Malik recalled that Chairman Businessmen Group and Former President KCCI Siraj Kassam Teli, during the year 2004 as President KCCI, felt there was a need to clarify the negative perception about Karachi, which mainly emerged due to negative projection by the media, particularly the western media. Hence, KCCI initiated My Karachi Exhibition in 2004 which is regularly being staged every year without any break and this mega event has become an icon of success for Karachi Chamber, he added.

President KCCI said that My Karachi Exhibition keeps on improving every year thanks to the untiring efforts made by all Former Presidents of the Chamber from time to time who strived really hard to further expand this exhibition. Consequently, this exhibition has become one of the biggest event of the city and has enhanced from just three halls in 2004 to all six halls of the Expo Centre.

KCCI has been regularly organizing this exhibition without any commercial objective but with a vision to promote the positive image of Karachi and the tag line of ‘Made in Pakistan’ worldwide, he added. Muffasar Malik also appreciated the support extended by Sindh Government, Trade Development Authority of Pakistan and Law Enforcing Agencies for making this event successful.

He was of the view that despite numerous problems confronting the economy, the business community remains steadfast to face the challenges and remove obstacles impeding the pace of commercial and industrial activities. At 15th My Karachi – Oasis of Harmony Exhibition, domestic as well as foreign businesses will once again be participating with a view to synchronize their trades. “Thailand, Indonesia, Turkey, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Romania and Ukraine are participating in this year’s event whereas Thailand and Indonesia will be establishing special pavilions”, he added.

He was confident that 15th My Karachi exhibition will provide an excellent chance to explore true trade potential of Karachi in particular and Pakistan in general, which is home to natural beauty, traditions and cultural heritages. “We have designed fifteenth sequel of “My Karachi – Oasis of Harmony” exhibition to expose the great potential of regional trade. We have doubled the capacity of Food Court and Kids Playing areas where many new recreational facilities will be provided to visiting families”, he added.

President KCCI, while welcoming the support extended by Government of Sindh and TDAP, hoped that this year’s exhibition also succeeds in achieving the desired objectives. Highlighting various arrangements and recreational facilities to be offered at My Karachi Exhibition, Chairman Special Committee for My Karachi Exhibition, Muhammad Idrees stated that more than 300 stalls showcasing Pakistani products and services have been established at this year’s exhibition which will be spread over all six halls of the Expo Centre.

All out efforts have been made to attract maximum number of visitors and foreign exhibitors at this event with a view to promote the positive image of Karachi which is the economic and financial hub of the country, he added. Muhammad Idrees further informed that for the fourth consecutive year, a dedicated Designers’ Lawn Fabric Pavilion has been established at My Karachi Exhibition this year in which some of the well-known brands of Pakistan will be showcasing their lawn fabrics. In addition to dedicated Food Court and Kids Playing area, special arrangements have been made to organize Pets and Birds Shows, he added.

For more information, contact:
Director Press/Electronic Media and Public Relations
Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI)
Aiwan-e-Tijarat Road, Off Shahrah-e-Liaquat,
Karachi-74000
Phone: +92-21-99218001-09
Fax: +92-21-99218040
Email: info@kcci.com.pk, secretary@kcci.com.pk
Website: www.kcci.com.pk

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KCCI’s to remain open till 5:00PM on Friday for membership renewal only

Karachi, March 28, 2018 (PPI-OT): The Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), in a statement issued, informed all its members that KCCI’s Membership Department will remain operational on Friday, March 30, 2018 till 5:00PM for membership renewal. The Membership Department will remain operational on Friday from 9:00AM to 12:30PM and after Namaz-e-Jumma, the process of membership renewal will resume from 2:30PM to 5:00PM.

Karachi Chamber is currently renewing membership for the year 2018-19 and as per Trade Organizations Act 2013, the last date for renewal of membership is 31st March 2018 (Saturday). KCCI has already intimated members through letters, emails and SMS service that the membership of Karachi Chamber shall expire on 31-03-2018 and all members have been advised to get their membership renewed on or before the last date.

In case an existing member could not get the membership renewed on or before 31st March 2018, his/her membership shall cease automatically and to become KCCI member again, they will have to go through the entire re-admission process.

For more information, contact:
Director Press/Electronic Media and Public Relations
Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI)
Aiwan-e-Tijarat Road, Off Shahrah-e-Liaquat,
Karachi-74000
Phone: +92-21-99218001-09
Fax: +92-21-99218040
Email: info@kcci.com.pk, secretary@kcci.com.pk
Website: www.kcci.com.pk

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KCCI criticizes government’s move to limit Sindh Food Authority to Karachi only

Karachi, March 27, 2018 (PPI-OT): President of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) Muffasar Atta Malik, while criticizing government’s move to limit the operations of Sindh Food Authority (SFA) to Karachi only, stated that this was likely to create a lot of problems for the business and industrial community as it seems that the Authority has been established in haste.

Referring to a press conference by Food and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Nisar Ahmed Khuhro in which formal announcement was made about the establishment of Sindh Food Authority, President KCCI stated that SFA’s Board of Governors, being headed by Provincial Food Minister, mostly comprises of dozens of bureaucrats including Secretaries and Deputy Commissioners along with three nominated members of Sindh Assembly and a representative of Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “SFA Board should be made more balanced by enhancing the representation of business and industrial community, which would surely make it a vibrant regulatory authority”, he opined.

President KCCI categorically stated that the Karachi Chamber was not against the establishment of SFA as safe, hygienic and healthy food, which is the basic right of every citizen, has to be supplied to the masses at any cost but it was highly unfair to limit the Authority’s operations to Karachi only. “From the very beginning, SFA should have covered every nook and corner of Sindh because the food health and hygiene conditions in other cities, towns and villages across Sindh are way too miserable as compared to Karachi city”, he added.

Commenting on numerous tasks given to inspectors who will be authorized to inspect hotels and restaurants, food markets, departmental stores, food industries, bakeries, dairy and meat shops, bottled water companies and other such food-related outlets and industrial units, President KCCI stressed that strict Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) have to be defined for these inspectors and the same must be widely publicized via all modes of communications with a view to raise awareness and ensure that no businessman was being harassed by any SFA inspector. “SFA Operations have to be made fully automated and transparent with online access in order to discourage bribery and minimize the hardships likely to be faced by concerned businessmen and industrialists”, he added.

He further suggested that massive awareness campaigns through seminars and advertisements have to be carried out about the quality and standard of food items and the Authority should refrain from taking immediate punitive action till such time when people are fully aware about the compliance standards. Afterwards, if SFA finds any food item unfit for human consumption, it should initially give a specific deadline and failure to comply after the deadline should lead to punitive action.

Muffasar Malik stressed that kickbacks must be discouraged at all costs whereas the relevant laws have to be defined for strict punishment and penal action not only in case an item provided by any businessman is found unfit for human consumption but also in case an SFA inspector attempts to take advantage of the situation by harassing someone to seek bribe. “The aim should be to improve and effectively regulate the food sector, not to open new avenues for corruption”, he added.

For more information, contact:
Director Press/Electronic Media and Public Relations
Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI)
Aiwan-e-Tijarat Road, Off Shahrah-e-Liaquat,
Karachi-74000
Phone: +92-21-99218001-09
Fax: +92-21-99218040
Email: info@kcci.com.pk, secretary@kcci.com.pk
Website: www.kcci.com.pk

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Julius Bitok invites KCCI to participate, support Trade and Investment Conference in Kenya

Karachi, March 22, 2018 (PPI-OT): High Commissioner of Kenya Prof. Julius Kibet Bitok has invited the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) to participate and support the forthcoming Trade and Investment Conference scheduled to be organized in Karachi on May 2nd and May 3rd, 2018 which will be attended by leading Kenyan businessmen and Chambers of Commerce and Industry from different parts of the world.

Exchanging views with KCCI Office Bearers and Managing Committee members during his visit to the Karachi Chamber, Kenyan HC said that the trade and investment conference would provide a perfect opportunity for B2B meetings with businessmen from Kenya and other parts of the world. “You (the Karachi Chamber) must collaborate and partner with us in order to make this event successful”, he added.

President KCCI Muffasar Atta Malik, Senior Vice President Abdul Basit Abdul Razzak, Vice President Rehan Hanif, Chairman Diplomatic Mission and Embassies Liaison Sub-Committee Sohail Amin, Chairman Fairs and Exhibitions Sub-Committee Abdul Rehman Naqi, Chairman Special Committee for My Karachi Exhibition Muhammad Idrees and KCCI Managing Committee Members attended the meeting.

Julius Bitok, while expressing worries over limited trade volume between Pakistan and Kenya, advised the business and industrial community of Karachi to focus on diversifying their exports to Kenya in order to improve the existing trade volume between the two countries. He said that rice and tea were two main commodities which were traditionally being traded between the two countries but there were a host of many other Pakistani products which can not only be introduced in the Kenyan market but also to many other African across Africa via Kenya.

Kenyan HC also underscored the need to promote tourism opportunities between the two countries and enhance linkages between Nairobi Chamber and Karachi Chamber which would bring the business communities of the two countries more close to each other and yield positive results. To a query, he said that Kenya, being an economically stable country, was a safe place for Pakistani business community who must visit this peaceful country where doing business was much easier as compared to other African states.

President KCCI Muffasar Atta Malik, in his remarks, extended full support and cooperation to the Kenyan High Commission for making the Trade and Investment Conference successful. Seeking more details about the forthcoming event, he assured to make sincere efforts for maximum participation and B2B meetings between the business communities of Karachi and Kenya. He was of the view that there was a huge potential to enhance bilateral trade between Kenya and Pakistan. As Kenya is one of the largest country in East Africa, Pakistan can export pharmaceutical and surgical items, sport goods and farm machinery etc.

Muffasar Malik said that the Karachi Chamber wants to promote business, mutual understanding and friendly relations between Pakistan and Kenya. “We also want to promote Kenyan investment and partnerships in Pakistan and do everything for the development of Pakistan-Kenya business cooperation”, he added. He also underscored the need for having a reciprocal visa policy in order to pave way for improved trade and investment relations between the two countries.

For more information, contact:
Director Press/Electronic Media and Public Relations
Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI)
Aiwan-e-Tijarat Road, Off Shahrah-e-Liaquat,
Karachi-74000
Phone: +92-21-99218001-09
Fax: +92-21-99218040
Email: info@kcci.com.pk, secretary@kcci.com.pk
Website: www.kcci.com.pk

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KCCI members advised to get membership renewed by March 31, 2018

Karachi, March 20, 2018 (PPI-OT): The Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), in a statement issued, advised all its members to renew their KCCI membership by March 31, 2018 in order to avoid any inconvenience. The process of membership renewa...

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