ISLAMABAD - The Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) urged the government on Wednesday to give the business community representation in the government’s decision making bodies for formulating business friendly economic policies and to recognize their role.

“Businessmen play an important role in the development of national economy by promoting business, creating jobs and paying taxes. therefore, they should be included in the government decision-making bodies”, Zafar Bakhtawari, President ICCI, said while talking to Iftikhar Ali Malik, Vice President of SAARC Chamber of Commerce who visited ICCI here.

Bakhtawari said that ICCI also urged the government to give representation to the businessmen in the boards of directors of CDA and other government institutions which would ultimately create an environment of trust between the business community and Government.

The ICCI President said that the economy of Pakistan was facing multiple challenges and the government should address these challenges on priority for creating better business environment in the country.

He said that facilitating the growth of private enterprises would create multiple benefits for the economy as it will improve productivity, trade, exports, employment and revenue generation for the country.

Speaking on the occasion, Iftikhar Ali Malik discussed the matters of mutual interest with ICCI President and stressed on developing strong networking among the Chambers and business associations of the country for effective advocacy on common issues. He said that Chambers and associations must play their vital for resolving businessmen problems.

Malik also highlighted the role of SAARC Chamber of Commerce which is working efficiently to explore potential of tradable goods and identify joint ventures in the SAARC region.

He said that countries around the world are promoting regional trade to strengthen each other economy and to improve the living standard of the people. Therefore, our government should further build economic relations with its neighboring countries to help accelerate businesses in these countries.