SIALKOT

The construction work of Sialkot Business and Commerce Centre has been suspended for more than two years due to funds paucity thereby causing hardships for the traders and industrialists.

Sialkot’s all the main trade bodies including SCCI and Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PRGMEA) and Pakistan Gloves Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PGMEA) have urged the federal government to ensure the early release of the funds for completing the project for booming the Sialkot exports.

The Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) and the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (Smeda) had started the project on about four Kanals of land adjacent to the SCCI building on Paris Road in 2007.

The project is aimed at providing the trade and export related services for the Sialkot exporters such displaying of their world class export items and enabling the foreign customers to visit and see the Sialkot-Pakistan made world class export items.

The Centre is a joint initiative of Smeda and the SCCI. The then federal minister for industries Jehangir Khan Tareen had laid the foundation stone of the project on July 10, 2007. The project had to be completed in a stipulated period of two years in 2009. Early release of the direly needed funds of Rs180 million had become vital to ensure the early completion of this project, in the larger interest of the Sialkot exporters and industrialists.

On May 10, 2014, Ch Ahsan Iqbal, the federal minister for planning and development, had visited Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI), and assured the early provision of the needed funds but to no avail even after the passage of one year of the visit.