RAWALPINDI - The business community has rejected the proposed Value Added Tax (VAT) and urged upon the Government to bring its proposals to different Chambers of Commerce and Industries to check its worth. This was demanded by the attendants of a two-day conference, which held under the auspices of Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI). Almost Presidents of 20 Chambers from through out the country attended the conference that concluded at Bhurban, Murree on Tuesday. Scores of Government officials were also present. RCCI, President, Kashif Shabbir, announced the 16 points joint resolution during a press conference at the conclusion of the conference. He told the journalists that the meeting emphasised on resolution of energy and water crises on priority basis. It was the joint voice of entire business community for bringing good governance and institutional building at all levels and to increase revenues by expanding tax net in the country. Government should also cut non developmental expenditure by introducing good governance. They also demanded to appoint commercial counsellors abroad, form the Trade and Commerce Group, which could work to enhance exports of Pakistan. The meeting also adopted a resolution asking the Government to prepare all the budget proposals in consultation with business community moreover to include representation of the businessmen in the decision making organisations such Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) and Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA). The meeting also agreed for taking solid steps to culminate smuggling and parallel trade, which was harmful to the countrys economy as well as industry. The conference also urged the Government to resolve the energy crises at once to promote business activities in the country, which were halted due to acute shortage of electricity and gas by adopting international standards regarding the energy conservation. The participants also demanded the Government to include women in policy making as they have almost 52 percent of share in total population. New Ploy Technical Institutions may be set up at district level to transform the youth into a skilled work force as this step would not only polish the talent of the young generation but also provide the skilled labour force to the local industry which will decrease the rate of unemployment in Pakistan.