CCP to conduct hearing on setting up single flight kitchen at capital airport

ISLAMABAD (Staff Reporter): The Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) will hold an open hearing on the competition concerns raised over the Civil Aviation Authority’s decision to establish only one flight kitchen at the new Islamabad International Airport on joint venture basis. CCP received concerns that the CAA’s decision to establish only one flight kitchen at the new Islamabad International Airport will limit the choices available to domestic and international airlines to procure in-flight catering services. Taking notice of the concerns, CCP decided to hold an open hearing on Thursday, 22nd September 2016 at the Commission in Islamabad. Those who wish to attend the open hearing may contact the Registrar of CCP through fax no 051-9100297, telephone no 051-9100289, email or post at the CCP, 7th floor, ISE Tower, Jinnah Avenue, Islamabad.

The open hearing is being held under Section 29 of the Competition Act, 2010 that empowers the CCP to hold open hearings on matters affecting the state of competition in Pakistan or affecting the country’s commercial activities and express its opinion with respect to the issues.

The CCP is mandated by the Competition Act, 2010 to inter alia undertake enforcement, advocacy and research efforts to provide for free competition in all spheres of commercial and economic activity to enhance economic efficiency, and to protect consumers from anti-competition behaviour.

Office-bearers of KPCCI elected

PESHAWAR (Staff Reporter): Haji Muhammad Afzal has been elected unanimously as president of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chamber of Commerce and Industry while Mohammad Iqbal and Abidullah Yousafzai as senior vice president and vice president respectively. Winners were announced in a meeting held on Monday. According to election commission, no one filed nomination papers for the slot of president, senior vice president and vice president. The general body meeting of the chamber will be held on September 29, while the newly elected members will take oath on October 1, 2016. Other members of the executive bodies included Noman-ul-Haq, Naem Butt, Doctor Khushal Khan Mohmand, Imran Sadil, Mohammad Iqbal, Malak Kamran Isqhaq of Corporate Group while from Associate Group Abidullah Yousafzai, Azanfar Ali Sadil, Sohail Raof, and Khan Gul Awan were elected unopposed. The meeting was also attended by former president Zia-ul-Haq Sarhadi and Sofi Bashir Ahmad Durrani.

RCCI’s new president elected unopposed

RAWALPINDI (Staff Reporter): Raja Amir Iqbal has been elected unopposed as president of the Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) for the year 2016-17, informed chamber spokesman on Monday. The 3-member RCCI Election Commission, which consisted of Tariq Javed Butt, Syed Rizwan Haider Mashadi and Naveed Javed, announced the winners in this regard in a meeting held here on Monday. Khawaja Abdul Rashid Waien and Asim Mahmood Malik were elected as senior vice president and vice president respectively. Newly elected office bearers will take charge on October 1, 2016. According to Election Commission, no nomination papers were received against the said three members for three seats i.e president, senior vice president and vice president. Hence, election commission declared the said candidates as winners.

President RCCI Mian Humayun Parvez and Group Leaders Sheikh Shabbir, Suhail Altaf and SM Naseem, former presidents Asad Mashadi, Dr Hassan Saroosh, Javed Akhtar Bhatti, Manzar Khurshid Sheik, Dr Shimail Daud and representatives of trade associations felicitated the newly elected office bearers and hoped that new body will leave no stone unturned for the betterment of the business community.

Tobacco farmers oppose ‘controversial’ bill

LAHORE (Staff Reporter): The farmers of tobacco have opposed the controversial bill that is presently under Senate’s consideration for passage, threatening to stage sit-in in front of the parliament house to foil any such move of bill approval. The meeting, which was held at Hujra of Afsar Khan at Malikabad, Union Council, Chaknodah, was attended by Khan Sher of Yar Hussain, Muhammad Ayaz of Daghai, Muhammad Azam Khan, Liaqat Yusufzai, Khalid Khan, Faridullah Khan, Salman Khan, Khan Muhammad and Afsar Ali of Charbagh along with other prominent farmers of tobocco. Speaking on the occasion, Azam Khan, President, Growers Coordination Council said that beside growers, the crop was also highly beneficial for the country and used to generate revenue of over Rs.100 billion in head of Federal Excise Duty (FED). He was of the opinion that instead of its prohibition, the government should pay subsidy to the growers.

“In case the Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Non-Smokers Bill gets the Senate’s nod and eventually gets adopted by the Parliament, it would become a law that would inflict a fatal setback to the tobacco cultivation, thus rendering millions of people jobless”, he added.