Karachi :  The KCCI and RCCI have expressed their willingness to work together for enhancing regional trade by holding joint exhibitions in neighboring countries and collectively enhancing interaction with regional counterparts. The willingness was shown at a meeting during the visit of Dr Shimail Daud Arain, President RCCI, who visited KCCI to seek KCCI’s inputs on how to enhance regional trade. President KCCI Abdullah Zaki, Senior Vice President KCCI Muffasar A. Malik, Vice President KCCI Muhammad Idrees, former presidents KCCI, Haroon Agar and A Q Khalil, Chairman of International Affairs Sub-Committee KCCI, Junaid Esmail Makda and other Managing Committee members attended the meeting.

Dr Shimail Arain, who was accompanied by Rauf Chaudhry, former president RCCI, appreciated KCCI’s participation in 6th All Pakistan Chambers’ Conference organized by Rawalpindi Chamber in December last year and KCCI’s initiative to stage 1st All Pakistan Chambers’ Pre-Budget Conference in February 2014.

He said that such events pave way for strengthening good relations between regional chambers and help in bringing them closer, which would surely go in favor of the economy.  President RCCI said that many organizations have approached RCCI to seek budget proposals but they have been informed that RCCI’s budget proposals have been forwarded to KCCI so that these proposals could be incorporated in joint budget proposals being compiled by KCCI. All other regional chambers including Faisalabad Chamber and Islamabad Chamber have also agreed to submit their budget proposals to KCCI, which will then be sent in shape of a single comprehensive document to the concerned authority.

Speaking on the occasion, President KCCI Abdullah Zaki said that enhanced trade and improved relations with India can certainly ensure Pakistan’s access to a huge Indian market where Pakistani products and services are in great demand.

Abdullah Zaki, while appreciating the support extended by Rawalpindi Chamber towards Karachi Chamber’s decision to formulate joint budget proposals, hoped that all chambers support KCCI in its task to compile this comprehensive document which will contain recommendations of every participating chamber.

He also requested President RCCI to highlight Karachi city’s lawlessness at various platforms as Karachi city is the financial and economic hub of Pakistan and occurrence of any unpleasant incident in the city terribly affects country’s overall economic performance.