OUR STAFF REPORTER LAHORE - Federal Minister for Commerce Makhdoom Amin Fahim has said that market access to the European Union is a matter of time, with or without Indian support, we hope to get it. The Federal Minister was speaking at inauguration ceremony of first-ever Advisory Centre for Technology Upgradation in Industries at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry. LCCI President Shahzad Ali Malik, Senior Vice President Sheikh Arshad, Vice President Sohail Azhar, former Presidents Iftikhar Ali Malik, Mian Misbahur Rehman, Mian Muzaffar Ali, former Senior Vice President Abdul Basit, former Vice president Aftab Ahmad Vohra, former PIAF Chairman Irfan Qaiser Sheikh, Chairman TUSDEC Manzar Shamim, Federal Secretary Commerce Zafar Mehmood and Convener LCCI Standing Committee Mian Fazal Ahmed also spoke on the occasion. Makdoom Amin Fahim said that both the President and Prime Minister in their visits to European capitals have made efforts for greater market access for Pakistani products. Over the construction of water reservoirs in the country, the Federal Minister said that Kalabagh Dam has been politicized to the extent that its construction is only possible through consensus of all the four federating unit as all the government efforts to win consensus have failed. However, he said that work on Basha Dam and a number of smaller hydle projects is in progress. On forthcoming trade policy, Makhdoom Amin Fahim said that all the chambers would be taken onboard before finalizing the new trade policy. While expressing satisfaction over achievement of export target, the Minister said that the export growth momentum would be maintained. On Trade Ordinance, he said that the matter is with NA Standing Committee on Commerce, however, the Ministry of Commerce has no objection if the previous system of retiring one third members every year is restored. LCCI President Shahzad Ali Malik said that Technology upgradation is a continuous process as local industries are facing greater competition in international marketplace and to meet these objectives, the establishment of Advisory Centre for Technology Upgradation in collaboration with TUSDEC is a step in right direction. The LCCI President said that considering current economic scenario technology upgradation in vogue in industrial sector is actually need of the hour and the LCCI is fully determined to put in its best efforts in every possible manner while playing its due role as one of the key stakeholders of the economy. He said that the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry is keen to bring noticeable improvement in exports competitiveness which can become a strong base for revival of national economy. Advisory Centre for Technology Upgradation in Industries can become one such element which can help Pakistan attain economic sovereignty. He said that technology today plays a vital role in helping businesses to constantly move up and in providing a multi-prolonged strategy for maximizing opportunities. The LCCI President said that the fact remains that technology upgradation was the only way to improve the quality and cost competitiveness therefore to survive, grow and win, the industrial sector will have to continuously infuse the latest technology tools in their production processes and marketing and management functions to cut cost, gain efficiency and consistency. Earlier, Makhdoom Amin Fahim inaugurated the Advisory Centre for Technology Upgradation in Industries while the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Technology Upgradation and Skill Development Council (TUSDEC).