The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) and Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of Pakistan (ICMAP) jointly organized a pre-budget seminar at FPCCI Head Office, Karachi.

The seminar was attended by Abdul Rahim Janoo, Sr Vice President FPCCI, S M Muneer, Chief Executive, TDAP and former President FPCCI, Ikram Rajput, Shahnawaz Ishtiaq, Vice Presidents of FPCCI, Zubair Tufail, Chairman, Budget Committee of FPCCI, Senator Abdul Haseeb Khan, Bashir Jan Muhammad, Shahid Hasan Siddiqui, Asif Kasbati, Khalid Mehmood and a large gathering of the business community.

Abdul Rahim Janoo said, it has been an important practice of FPCCI and ICMAP for holding joint pre-budget seminar every year. Both entities are playing vital role in identifying the grey areas of the economy to the government and submit suggestions to the government to accelerate the economic growth and increase in the revenue through prudent taxation.

While discussing the budget proposals of FPCCI, S. M. Muneer, Chief Executive, TDAP former President FPCCI said that Rs. 110 billion of the business community has been stuck up with the government on account of refunds. He suggested that the government should immediately refund the same to enable the business community to enhance their exports by easing their cash flow. He further said that despite the fact that the business community is facing severe problems on account of shortage of energy, high rate of duties and taxes, non-payment of their refunds, they are still contributing in the national economy through making exports and earning foreign exchange for the country.

Zubair Tufail briefly explained the proposals of FPCCI for the coming budget and said that tax should be imposed on all revenue generating sectors including agriculture. He also emphasized on tax exemption on import of plant and machinery and explained that the imported machinery will ultimately be used in industries for increase in quality production which will resultantly reduce unemployment. He further that said the imported plant and machinery when starts operation, the revenue generated through should be taxable.

Zubair Tufail further said that FBR is a tax collecting agency and it should devise a friendly tax payer policy and avoid creating harassment to the business community. He further said that FPCCI is repeatedly suggesting that FBR should broaden the tax net. He said that to avoid the refunds and adjustments, the sales tax should be brought down to single digit 7% and single stage which should not be adjustable and non-refundable. He also suggested that salaried persons should be exempted from income tax upto Rs.600,000 per annum. The government should also lay emphasis on promotion of SMEs and all those units with capital upto Rs. 10 million should also be declared SME, he added.

Shahid Hasan Siddiqui also shared his views and said that the GDP level of Pakistan could not be increased due to lack of prudent economic policies, lack of policy implementations, lack of optimum utilization of natural resources and failure to restrain the corruption. He further said if these could have been properly managed in the past four decades, our GDP might have been significantly improved as compared to many other developed countries. He said that in the era of 1970 the GDP of Korea was lower than Pakistan. The per capita income in 2001 in Pakistan was higher than India.  

KCCI asks FBR to designate

focal person for chambers

Staff Reporter: Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) President Iftikhar Ahmed Vohra has suggested that the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) must designate a focal person within the FBR who should be given the task to promptly respond to queries of various Chambers of Commerce and Industry across Pakistan.

It has been observed from time to time that FBR does not bothers to reply to KCCI letters or sometimes takes more than 2 to 3 months to give its reaction which intensifies the problems being faced by the business and industrial community of Karachi, he added. Iftikhar Ahmed Vohra was speaking at the 2nd meeting of the Sub-Committee of National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatisation held in Islamabad. Convener of Sub-Committee of National Assembly Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatisation, MNA Kaiser Ahmed Sheikh and members including MNA Daniyal Aziz, MNA Sheikh Fayyaz-ud-Din, MNA Dr. Nafisa Shah and MNA Nasir Khan Khattak, along with representatives of various Chambers of Commerce and Industry across Pakistan attended the meeting. President KCCI Iftikhar Vohra further stated that massive discretionary powers to various departments of FBR, particularly the Directorate General Intelligence & Investigation – Inland Revenue (DG I&I-IR), have provided a perfect opportunity to corrupt officers to fearlessly harass the business community which requires stringent measures in order to provide relief to perturbed businessmen and industrialists.