Garbage created a disastours situation at the seashores:Ali Zaidi

Karachi(Cliff News)Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Syed Ali Hyder Zaidi, while appreciating the immense participation of the business community, Public, KMC, DMCs and Sindh government in Federal government’s ‘Clean Karachi Campaign’, reiterated his commitment to completely cleanse Karachi from garbage and devise strategies to ensure cleanliness all over the city on regular basis.Speaking at a meeting during his visit to Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI) on Saturday, he added that Sindh government, Karachi Municipal Corporation and all District Municipal Corporations have become part of Clean Karachi Campaign in which the first phase to cleanse all the Nullahs has been completed while the second phase will also start soon in which garbage lying at the dumpsters all over the city including parks will be cleared.Chairman Businessmen Group & Former President KCCI Siraj Kassam Teli, Vice Chairman BMG Zubair Motiwala, General Secretary BMG AQ Khalil, President KCCI Junaid Esmail Makda, Senior Vice President KCCI Khurram Shahzad, Former Presidents Majyd Aziz and Younus Muhammad Bashir, Commissioner Karachi Iftikhar Shallwani along with KCCI Managing Committee members were also present at the meeting.“In order to create a better and civilized society, we, instead of blaming others for the disaster, should look at what we are doing which if we really do, would certainly create a much better society”, he stressed.He also sought peoples’ help to take photos and film those who throw litter on public places and upload them on social media to expose these elements. Such elements should be ashamed of their act and this campaign be titled as ‘Name and Shame’.Ali Zaidi pointed out that out of a total garbage of 14,000 tons, most of garbage was ending up by ultimately landing in the sea which has created a disastrous situation at the seashores. This garbage at Keemari has now reached Hawks Bay and may further go all the way to Port Qasim beach as well.He particularly appreciated Mayor Karachi Waseem Akhtar and Sindh Minister for Local Government Syed Nasir Hussain Shah for extending their full support and cooperation to Clean Karachi Campaign. “All of us will have to work jointly and take the ownership of Karachi city in order to improve the cleanliness conditions. Situation will only change if all of us will come forward to take the ownership of our city”, he added.In response to KCCI’s suggestion, the Minister agreed to form a committee of all fourteen MNAs of PTI elected from Karachi who will be tasked to hold regular interaction with Karachi Chamber so that the issues being faced by the city could be discussed in detail.To a question, he informed that the new Shipping Policy, which has already been approved, will be announced in a week at a press conference. This new Shipping Policy addresses many issues currently being suffered by the business and industrial community, he added.Chairman Businessmen Group & Former President KCCI Siraj Kassam Teli, while appreciating Ali Zaidi for undertaking the desperately needed cleanliness campaign in Karachi, stressed that this cleanliness must not stop halfway and continue till the entire city is completely cleansed from the garbage while an effective system must also devised to ensure cleanliness across Karachi on regular basis.Siraj Teli announced that the Karachi Chamber will contribute a sum of Rs10 million to the kitty established for Clean Karachi campaign while the bank account details for this particular campaign will also be publicized by KCCI through its monthly publication. “Moreover, KCCI’s members will also be requested on your behalf and also on our behalf to contribute generously towards this cause of completely cleansing Karachi from the garbage. We would like to monetarily and humanly support your campaign”, he added.Referring to the human support being committed by KCCI, he informed that Karachi city currently has a total of 120 police stations and under KCCI’s Police Chamber Liaison Committee (PCLC), two representatives of Karachi Chamber are nominated for every police station of the city, who are purely businessmen and are well-acquainted with their respective areas. This human force, which was available at every nook and corner of Karachi, can be provided to Federal Minister for his cleanliness campaign in order to make it successful.He further commented that every political party during its tenure extracted maximum revenue from Karachi which contributes more than 70 percent revenue to the national exchequer but none of them bothered to do anything for this city. “There was a time when all three major political parties of Karachi assumed control of the government and we felt that now they will pay some attention to the issues of Karachi but unfortunately, during that era, Karachi suffered a lot of devastation” he added and urged that the city, which gives votes to come into power, must get something in return.Referring to some previous meetings with Chairman PTI Imran Khan particularly a meeting held on July 22, 2018 before being elected as Prime Minister, Chairman BMG said that although the government has made some compromises after assuming charge of the country’s affairs as compared to their claims and commitments given before the election yet the business & industrial community still has high hopes from PM Imran Khan who is on track but the government should not make those compromises that may create problems in the long term.In order to efficiently deal with the issues of Karachi which is spread on a huge area of 3500 square kilometers with a huge population of around 22 million, Siraj Teli suggested that all fourteen Ministers of PTI who were elected from Karachi must take similar initiatives in their respective areas as done by Ali Zaidi which may result in awakening the Sindh government and they may also start taking those steps which were in favor of Karachi. “Every single step either taken by the federal government or Sindh government for the betterment of and in favor of Karachi will be fully supported by KCCI”, he added but cautioned that any retreat from the task to completely cleanse Karachi from garbage was going to receive a lot of criticism from Karachi Chamber.Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chairman BMG Zubair Motiwala suggested to form a committee comprising all the fourteen Ministers of PTI government from Karachi and the proposed committee must hold regular meetings with Karachi Chamber either once a month or once in two months so that KCCI could well-acquaint them about the issues of Karachi which would surely enable them to efficiently advocate and debate on the issues of Karachi at National Assembly’s sessions.Commenting on the massive garbage being generated in Karachi city, he suggested that in order to get rid of this huge garbage, the government must look into the possibility of utilizing it for power generation as being successfully done in some of the most developed countries around the world. In this regard, numerous feasibility studies had been completed in the past for establishing two such power plants at both sides of the city which will be capable of producing 700 megawatts. “All these studies can be reviewed again by the present government for setting up these power plants and I am sure many foreign companies will come forward to set up these plants”, he added. President KCCI Junaid Esmail Makda, while welcoming the Federal Minister, paid glowing tribute to PTI government which has been extending full support and cooperation to Karachi Chamber from time to time and was also paying pay special attention to the issues being raised by the Chamber. He hoped that the liaison between the government and Karachi Chamber will continue to improve further in the days to come.Highlighting the overall cleanliness situation in Karachi, Junaid Makda pointed out that Karachi has been a story of neglect since the last many decades. During the recent monsoon rains in Karachi, there would not have been any stagnant water on the roads had the 38 Nullahs (drains) been cleaned.Referring to ‘Clean Karachi’ Campaign initiated by Federal Minister Ali Zaidi, President KCCI stated that over 15 private companies, celebrities, Karachi Chamber and around 5,000 volunteers pledged their support for the campaign while KCCI stands shoulder to shoulder with the federal government to make this campaign successful. “If Karachi can be cleansed of crimes, it can also be cleaned from garbage provided there is a will and desire to do it through collective measures and motivation”, he added.Commenting on the pathetic performance of Sindh Solid Waste Management Board, Junaid Makda stated that of an estimated 20,000 tons of garbage thrown out onto the city daily by a population of 20 million residents, nearly 70 percent reaches the two landfill sites while the rest remains strewn around the city in drains and some even finds its way quietly into the Arabian Sea. As a result, a bulk of residential, industrial and medical waste was being burnt on the daily that produces toxic gases contributing to harmful diseases and infections. “Sindh Solid Waste Management Board has to be blamed for failing to devise effective strategies to efficiently and swiftly deal with the massive garbage being produced all over the city everyday”, he added.

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Chairman Businessmen Group & Former President KCCI Siraj Kassam Teli and President KCCI Junaid Esmail Makda presenting crest to Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Syed Ali Hyder Zaidi during his visit to KCCI. Chairman Karachi Port Trust (KPT) Rear Admiral Jamil Akhter, Vice Chairman BMG Zubair Motiwala, General Secretary BMG AQ Khalil, Senior Vice President KCCI Khurram Shahzad, Former Presidents Majyd Aziz and Younus Muhammad Bashir and Commissioner Karachi Iftikhar Shallwani are also seen in the picture.

 

 

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Need to raise awareness about fortification of flour, ghee & oil stressed

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Karachi(Cliff News)Chief Executive Officer of Thardeep Rural Development Program (TRDP) Allah Nawaz Soomro has stressed the need to raise awareness about fortification of flour, ghee and oil amongst the masses particularly millers, traders, retailers and wholesalers as millions of people mostly women and children across the country were suffering terribly due to severe malnutrition.Speaking at an Orientation Session organized jointly by KCCI, TRDP, Food Fortification Program and UK Aid, CEO TRDP said that there was absolutely no harm in fortifying flour, oil and ghee with Vitamin A, Vitamin D and other minerals which are essential for a healthy human body therefore, the importance of fortification must be promoted amongst people from all walks of life with a view to ensure a healthy society.The session was attended by President KCCI Junaid Esmail Makda, Vice President KCCI Asif Sheikh Javaid, Former Vice President Agha Shahab Ahmed Khan, Managing Committee Members, representatives from Sindh Food Authority, and others.CEO TRDP, while referring to numerous activities undertaken by TRDP in association with Government of Pakistan, Government of Sindh and UK Aid, informed that during all these activities and awareness sessions, the participants were sensitized about the addition of vitamins, iron and other minerals in flour, ghee and oil to provide nutrient filled food for children and women to overcome the malnutrition and stunted growth. “Addition of vitamins and other minerals to these household commodities would lead to disease prevention, boost immunity and improve cognitive development and productivity”, he added.He said that the around 1 million households across Sindh province have benefitted from TRDP and they have established a total of 22 offices all over Sindh with a staff of around 1400 while a total of 35,000 women have been trained so far in the agriculture and garments sectors.He suggested that TRDP can collaborate with Karachi Chamber in the field of Research & Development and both institutions can carry out studies, perform surveys and identify issues.Underscoring the need for devising legislations about fortifications of flour, ghee & oil, he said that the government was currently working on the said legislations and draft has been prepared but it was going to take a lot of time as it was at initial stages.In response, President KCCI Junaid Esmail Makda, while agreeing to CEO TRDP’s suggestion, advised to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between KCCI and TRDP so that both institutions could jointly carry out awareness campaigns in the larger interest of the country, particularly Sindh province.President KCCI pointed out that Pakistan has a high burden of malnutrition and the country is facing health and economic consequences due to under-nutrition. The National Nutrition Survey of Pakistan found that majority of children and women of reproductive age suffer from multiple micronutrient deficiencies which was a very serious issue that requires special attention.Referring to Prime Minister’s first speech to the nation, Junaid Makda said that PM Imran Khan quoted a report of the UNDP which reads that Pakistan is amongst the top five countries in the world where children die because of malnutrition. “It is really unfortunate that 45 percent of Pakistani children, that is, almost every other child, suffer from this disease”, he added.Stunting has a strong link with economic well-being and every 10 percent increase in per capita income results in decline of stunting by 3.2 percent, he said, adding that Pakistan loses $7.6 billion or three percent of its GDP each year due to malnutrition.Referring to KCCI’s liaison with Sind Food Authority, he said that the Karachi Chamber, being a socially responsible citizen, would be more than happy to work in collaboration with TRDP and extend full support to all its endeavors in Sindh.

KCCI signs MoU with Jeddah Chamber

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Karachi(Cliff News)The Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI) and Jeddah Chamber of Commerce & Industry (JCCI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote closer contacts between the entrepreneur members of the two organizations and explore new opportunities for mutually beneficial trade and economic relations.According to a statement issued, the MoU was signed in Jeddah by President KCCI Junaid Esmail Makda and Vice Chairman JCCI Mazen Mohammed Batterjee during the visit of KCCI’s delegation to Jeddah Chamber.Chairman of KCCI’s Fairs, Exhibitions & Trade Delegations Subcommittee Naveed Farooki, Chairman Housing, Construction & Real Estate Subcommittee Asif Sumsum, Managing Committee Member Haris Agar, Vice Chairman Jeddah Chamber Zeyad Albassam, Commercial Counselor of Pakistan in Jeddah Shahzad Ahmed Khan, Secretary General Jeddah Chamber Hasan Ibrahem Dahlan and others were present at the signing ceremony.President KCCI Junaid Esmail Makda, while highlighting some salient features of the MoU, stated that under the MoU both Chambers shall discuss their cooperation plan once a year and inform each other of carrying out cooperative projects in time.He informed that both Chambers will facilitate exchange of information on economy and trade cooperation, share supply-and-demand information and update each other about economic & trade policies and laws & regulations of their countries.He said that both Chambers have also agreed to organize delegations’ visits for participation in exhibitions and international fairs, organize symposium and seminars of various kinds for creating more opportunities for the enterprises in both countries.

Turkish CG encouraging joint ventures to improve trade volume

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Karachi(Cliff News)Consul General of Turkey Tolga Ucak has said that although Turkey and Pakistan have been enjoying excellent relations but the trade volume remains limited at around US$700 million so ‘we have to do more’ by increasing interaction and encouraging Joint Ventures between the business communities of the two brotherly countries.Any initiative by Karachi Chamber to enhance its linkages with Istanbul Chamber of Commerce would certainly be fully facilitated and supported by the Turkish Consulate in Karachi as it would certainly prove beneficial for the business communities of the two countries, he added while exchanging views at a meeting during his visit to Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI).President KCCI Junaid Esmail Makda, Senior Vice President Khurram Shahzad, Vice President Asif Sheikh Javaid, Chairman KCCI’s Sub-Committee for Diplomatic Mission Embassies Liaison Shamoon Zaki and Managing Committee Members attended the meeting.Terming Karachi as a ‘vibrant and active city’ where a lot of production was taking place and numerous services were being offered, Turkish CG advised the business community of Karachi to have more interaction with their counterparts in Turkey with a view to improve the existing trade volume, besides taking steps to promote tourism opportunities in both countries. The Envoy suggested that the Karachi Chamber should send a business delegation to Turkey to further explore trade and investment opportunities.He said that Business-to-Business and People-to-People contacts have to be promoted between the two countries whereas exchange of students must also be encouraged. “Turkish students, who usually go to western countries to learn English, can visit Pakistan study good English at some of the finest Colleges and Universities in the country”, he added.To promote tourism opportunities in Pakistan, he advised Pakistani travel agents and tour operators to open their offices in Turkey so that Turkish tourists could be acquainted about huge tourism opportunities across Pakistan.Tolga Ucak informed that new office for Turkish Consulate in Karachi was being established on an area of 8,000 sq. yards near Chinese Consulate where more facilities will be provided along with induction of additional staff to facilitate the visitors and visa applicants.Earlier, President KCCI Junaid Esmail Makda, in his welcome remarks, briefed the Turkish CG about KCCI which is the premier and largest trade body of the country with a strong membership base of more than 55,000 direct and indirect members while around 500,000 plus taxpayers also fall under KCCI’s ambit through its member firms.He said that the Karachi Chamber, which remains actively engaged in raising voice for resolving the issues being faced by the business and industrial community, alsoacts as a bridge between, Foreign Missions, government, law enforcement agencies, SMEs, small traders & industrialists of Karachi.Referring to President Dr. Arif Alvi’s recent visit to Turkey, President KCCI said that Pakistan and Turkey have been enjoying excellent ties at the government-to-government level but unfortunately the same was not depicting at the lower level as the bonds between the business communities of the two countries were not satisfactory which requires collective efforts from both sides.He said that despite having good brotherly relations, it was a matter of concern that no Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA), Free Trade Agreement (FTA) or any other agreement exist between Pakistan and Turkey. “It was really necessary to have such an agreement, particularly the FTA which has already been negotiated from time to time and it was heartening to note that President Arif Alvi during his visit to the launching ceremony of 16th My Karachi Exhibition, also hinted that Pakistan-Turkey FTA will be inked soon which the business community would warmly welcome as it would surely give a big boost to the existing trade ties between the two brotherly countries”, he added.Expressing concerns over limited trade volume between the two countries, Junaid Makda stressed the need for making collective efforts and exploring new avenues for trade enhancement. “To improve trade and investment ties, the Karachi Chamber is keen to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Istanbul Chamber which would help in bringing the business communities and create a win-win situation for both”, he added.He said that Karachi, being the economic and financial hub of Pakistan, offers profitable opportunities and added facilities for investment and joint ventures to investors from Turkey. “Karachi is an attractive place for Turkish investors, who can surely earn maximum profits by setting up their businesses or undertaking joint ventures here”, he added.

President KCCI Junaid Esmail presenting crest to CG of Ukrine Yurii Chornyi

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Karachi:President Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry Junaid Esmail Makda presenting crest to Consul of the Embassy of Ukraine Yurii Chornyi during his visit to KCCI. Hon. Consul General of Ukraine Engr. M. A. Jabbar, Senior Vice President KCCI Khurram Shahzad, Vice President KCCI Asif Sheikh Javaid, former Vice President KCCI Nasir Mehmood and Members of Managing Committee KCCI are also seen in the picture.

 

 

 

ACCA and British HC hosted event on “Ease of doing bussiness in Pakistan”

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Karachi(Cliff News)ACCA Pakistan and British Deputy High Commission held a conversation in Karachi on the ‘Ease of doing business in Pakistan’ and ‘Global Competitiveness Index’.These indices rank countries against each other based on how the regulatory environment is conducive to business operations.ACCA hosted this discussion in line with its commitment to deliver value for the economies where it operates and the pledge of ACCA members in Pakistan to drive GDP growth by 7% as well as improving the ranking of Pakistan to top 50 for ‘ease of doing business’ and ‘global competitiveness index’ for the next 5 years; ACCA and ACCA members continue to contribute and collaborate with thought leaders to focus on high impact actions as a key priority.Elin Burns – British Deputy High Commissioner and Director for Trade for Pakistan, in her address said, “It is great to see the government on a federal and provincial level making progress on creating ease of doing business and mobilising domestic and foreign investment. These reforms, bringing Pakistan 11 places up in the World Bank’s latest report are important for Pakistan’s economic prosperity and improving the overall business climate. ACCA’s commitment to this agenda is commendable and we hope to see more organisations taking a lead role on this front.”The event was marked by a high-octane panel discussion which was moderated by Faisal Qamar, Managing Partner, HRSG BPO. The conversation leadersincluded Naeem Zamindar, former Minister of State and former Chair of Pakistan Board of Investment, Syed Muhammad Shabbar Zaidi, Territory Senior Partner & Chairman, A.F. Ferguson & Co. Chartered Accountants, Ehsan Malik, Chief Executive Officer, Pakistan Business Council, Richard Morin, Managing Director, Pakistan Stock Exchange, Syed Irfan Farooq Memon, Group Head – Internal Audit, United Bank Limited, Naz Khan, Managing Director, X-Petroleum Limited and Umer Jalil Anwer, Chief Financial Officer, Siemens (Pakistan) Engineering Company Limited. The panellists concluded that the implementation of tangible and critical changes in legislation and professional capability set were essential to improve Pakistan’s ranking. They also emphasised on the importance of enabling the right talent and highlighted the key drivers for improving business function was social and financial inclusion of women and attracting local and foreign investments.“Pakistan has improved its ranking by 11 spots in the World Bank’s latest Ease of Doing Business rankings, climbing to 136th from 147th last year. It is remarkable but not sufficient, we need to improve and work diligently on the reform agenda. At ACCA we strongly believe that mountains do move and the strategic business leader across Pakistan has to demonstrate persistence and character, “said Sajjeed Aslam, Head of ACCA Pakistan.

President of Pakistan Dr.Arif Alvi launch My Karachi Exhibition

Karachi(Cliff News)The launching ceremony of 16th My Karachi – Oasis of Harmony Exhibition will be held as per schedule on November 3, 2018 (Today) in a local hotel which will be presided over by Honorable President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi as Chief Guest.Governor Sindh Imran Ismail, Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah, prominent Federal & Provincial Ministers, leadership of Businessmen Group, KCCI Office Bearers, Managing Committee, distinguished diplomats, representatives of Business and Industrial Community will also participate in this glittering event.On the occasion, the business and industrial community of Karachi Chamber, besides celebrating the launch of My Karachi Exhibition, would also formally extend full support to Prime Minister’s Clean & Green Pakistan Drive which is in the larger interest of the country.