The Pakistan Economy Watch (PEW) on Tuesday said the business community is pinning high hopes on newly-elected President of Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) Naser Hayat Maggo.
After years FPCCI got a president who has a vast experience and will to resolve the issues confronting traders and industrialists, it said.
He seems not to be very much interested in becoming a yes man of the government and will not waste all the time on useless meetings and photo sessions, said Dr. Murtaza Mughal, President PEW.
Rather, he will utilise his expertise and energies to make life a little easy for the business community by providing input to the government on critical economic issues, try to reduce the cost of doing business in a challenging environment and fully participate in the consultation about upcoming SME and other policies.
Dr. Murtaza Mughal said that Naser Hayat Maggo is very concerned about the power sector which is eating up a sizable part of the GDP since long.
Now the power sector circular debt has surpassed the mark of Rs4.3 trillion while the gas sector circular debt has also jumped to hundreds of billions of rupees while the authorities are tacking it by a continuously upward revision of the tariff.
This policy has increased cost of doing business, made exports costly and damaged the budget of man on the street which is a great challenge for the government while the business community is looking forward to the Apex chamber to come forward and resolve this issue.
He said that FPCCI should provide implementable recommendations to the government to improve tax structure, recover agriculture and trigger industrialisation so that masses can get employment.
Poverty has touched very high proportions amid pandemic with millions falling below poverty line. The FPCCI should make a plan to ensure rapid industrialisation of the country so that people can get employment to feed their families.
Similarly, agriculture is falling since a decade and recent collapse of cotton crop has damaged the economy therefore FPCCI should play its role in reviving this critical sector, he demanded.
Dr. Mughal said that Businessmen Panel won the election with a very thin margin and it may not make it in the next election if it failed to serve the business community.