Lahore, April 25, 2014 (PPI-OT): LCCI Senior Vice President Mian Tariq Misbah, Vice President Kashif Anwar, Chairman of the Committee Sheikh Muhammad Arshad also spoke.
Speaking on the occasion, the LCCI President Engineer Sohail Lashari appreciated the government efforts for the economic turnaround. He said that although the present government was working on many power projects but it would have to concentrate more on hydle power projects that can ensure cheaper electricity to the end users. He particularly mentioned that rain-fed Kalabagh Dam that could not only avert the danger of floods but also irrigate hundreds and thousands of acres of land besides giving cheaper electricity.
The LCCI President also thanked the Chief Minister Punjab for his cooperation towards the success of the exhibition.
He expressed the optimism that the conference and the exhibition would give much needed boost to the endeavours aimed at building the image building of the country.
“We are in dire need of projecting the real potential of Pakistan to our neighbours. We need to manifest the peaceful and business oriented environment to attract the foreign investors.”
Engineer Sohail Lashari said that the decline in Pakistan’s share of trade in SAARC which has dropped from 0.17% in 2011 to 0.13% in 2012 calls to take instant action.
The LCCI President said that with the help of SARC International Exhibition, we are committed to secure its due right as it happens to be the most peaceful, tax friendly and pro business province of Pakistan.
He said that this fact can further be validated from the city-wise ratings provided by The World Bank with regard to Ease of Doing Business. Among the top six cities of Pakistan, five belong to Punjab with one exception which is Islamabad ranked at fourth place. Faisalabad tops the list and followed by Multan and Lahore.
He said that it is our prime responsibility to share the load of projecting our trade and economic potential across the borders.
Earlier, the Chief Minister Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif inaugurated the exhibition and took a round of the exhibition halls.
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