LAHORE-The Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry has urged the government to control surge in exchange rate of dollar price it would give a new blow to the economy.

LCCI President Irfan Iqbal Sheikh, Senior Vice President Ali Hussam Asghar and Vice President Mian Zahid Jawaid Ahmad said that surge in dollar rate will badly affect manufacturing sector as raw material price and cost of doing business will go up. They said that devaluation of rupee will cause high inflation and halt growth by hitting all the important sectors of economy. They said that dollar rate will lead to increase in import costs, hike in POL prices etc.

They said that the government and State Bank of Pakistan need to ascertain the factors weakening the value of rupee and check the possibilities of undue speculations and panic buying.

This will help stabilize rupee and restore the confidence of the business community. They said that an unchecked increase in the dollar rates would multiply the cost of doing business and badly affecting the industrial, manufacturing and agriculture sectors as Pakistan has to import fertilizers, food items, oil, machinery and industrial raw material. They said that the government should take immediate measures to arrest further devaluation of rupee to avoid more damages to the economy. They said though the weaker rupee benefits the exporters by giving them more rupees per dollar, but this benefit is neutralized by the costly imported inputs of manufacturing sector including textiles thus eroding the financial advantage of a weaker rupee.

They said that if the greenback continues its upward flight, it will certainly inflate import bill besides lowering the competitiveness of Pakistan’s business and industry.