LAHORE - The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry Tuesday urged the government to announce a package of incentives for the cottage industry, which is facing multiple internal and external challenges. Speaking at the oath-taking ceremony of the newly elected office-bearers of the Lahore Sewing Machine Association, the LCCI President Zafar Iqbal Chaudhry said that the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry would continue to work for the cause of the cottage industry, which is backbone of the industry. He said that there was no denying the fact the influx of Chinese semi finished/finished goods has pushed a large number of vendors to the wall and their revival sans government cooperation would be impossible therefore at this point in time it was absolutely necessary for the government to facilitate the small businesses. Chairman Lahore Sewing Machine Association Ghulam Sarwar Malik said that Pakistan must learn some lesson from the developed world as they people gave due attention towards their cottage industry and were today shining like anything. He said that the cost of doing business was touching the sky therefore it was imperative for the government to extend help to the cottage industry. He said that the government should announce special electricity tariff for the cottage industry so that they could b able to compete with foreign finished/semi finished goods. Ghulam Sarwar Malik said that on the pattern of industrial estates, the Punjab government should allocate some area for the cottage industry. The newly elected office-bearers of Lahore Sewing Machine Association who took oath of their offices included Ch Javaid Iqbal (President), Saeed Qaiser (Vice President), Mirza Imran (General Secretary), Sheikh Mohammad Rizwan (Joint Secretary), Amjad Ilyas (Finance Secretary) and Mujahid Khalil (Press Secretary). At the end of the function, the newly elected office-bearers of Lahore Sewing Machine Association thanked the LCCI President Zafar Iqbal Chaudhry for raising his voice for cottage industry.