LAHORE: Prime Mininster Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has constituted a high level 53-members “Business Persons Council” to develop a commerce and trade sector strategy.Federal Mininster for Industries and Production, Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo told APP Wednesday that first time in history, President of Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FPCCI), office bearers of its affiliated chambers, trade bodies including experienced key players of business community, vateran trade leaders and all stakeholders from across the country have been given representation by the Prime Minister in the newly established council headed by the Federal Finance Minister.
He said main objective of the council is that Prime Minister wants to take private sector into confidence in policy making process to make it more viable and feasible in the larger interest of the country. He said council will help a lot to establish a close liason and cordial relations for promoting and encouraging public-private sector partnership besides addressing the economic issues confronting the country in the wake of global recession.
Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo said that strategy for boosting the industrial production and pak export will also be worked out in consultation with the council members. He said that Federal Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin will chair its first meeting on August 21.
Prominent council members among others include Sultan Ahmad Chawla, President FPCCI, Muhammad Address, Hameed Akhtar Chadds, Muhammad Mansha Churra VPs, FPCCI, Tariq Sayeed,President SAARC CCI, Iftikahr Ali Malik, VP, SSARC CCI Pakistan chapter and founder chairman Pak-US Business Council, former Presidents S.M.Munir, Sardar Muhammad Ali Jogezi, Haji Ghulam Ali, Zubair Ahmad Malik, Mian Misbah Ur Rehman, Anjam Nisar, Sakandar Mustafa Khan, Zubair M Tufail and Muhammad Farooq Dadabhoy.
Federal Minister said that his ministry will also facilitate all the council members to help frame better future policies to strengthen the national economy. He said government always attached great importance to business community and will solve their genuine problems on priority.