Minister of Industries & Commerce Sindh Jam Ikramullah Dharejo assured that Sindh government would release more funds for infrastructural development of Industrial areas in Karachi. While speaking to a gathering of prominent industrialists at Korangi Association of Trade & Industry (KATI he said that industrialization in Sindh is the top most priority of the government.
On this occasion President of KATI Sheikh Umer Rehan, Senator Abdul Haseeb Khan, Chairman & CEO KITE Zubair Chhya, Head of KATI’s Standing committee on Exports & Industries Gulzar Feroz , Senior Vice President Muhammad Ikram Rajput and Vice President Syed Wajid Hussain also expressed their views.
Mr. Dharejo told that CM Sindh Murad Ali Shah has given directions to resolve infrastructural issues faced by Industries and also vowed to release more funds for the development of industrial areas of Karachi. He said that provincial government would provide every possible facility to promote industrialization in Sindh.
President of KATI Sheikh Umer Rehan briefed the minister regarding economic significance and production capabilities of Korangi Industrial Area. He said that there are more than 35 government agencies and institution to deal industry in Sindh, this causes huge complications for industries “for ease of doing business this our long awaited demand to put a “one window” operation system for the relief of industry” he added. He said Sindh has a lot of potential of value added industry especially in agriculture, fruits, sea food and other sectors. He also said that large manufacturing was facing decline since years due to economic condition and only SMEs sector can vitalize the country’s economy. He suggest to establish dedicated clusters and other initiatives of SMEs. Senator Abudl Haseeb Khan was of view that without an effective coordination between government and the industry economic growth will remain merely a dream. He gave a suggestion to establish working group consist of government and industrialist representative.
Zubair Chhaya said that CM Sind generously issued funds for the development of industrial areas of Karachi and more the 60 pc of work on different projects in Korangi has been completed , however industry need a system in place to facilitate industrial growth and resolve our concerns timely. He also recommended to reactivation of Provincial Industrial Facilitation Board for an affective coordination between the industry and the government. Head of KATI’s standing committee on Exports and Industries Gulzar Firoze cited that Sindh has a share of more than 43 pc in national GDP and there is a lot of potential in Sindh yet to be utilized. He mentioned that for the environmental protection of Karachi and better performance of Industry CM Sindh announced establishment of 5 combine effluent treatment plants, which were increased to 7 now. “But the contract of this project was given on the cost which is more than mentioned in the feasibility reports. This could cause delay in the project but environment of Karachi and Industries cannot bear the delay” he added.
Photo Caption: President KATI Sheikh Umer Rehan presenting KATI’s shield to Minister of Industries & Commerce Sindh Jam Ikramullah Dharejo. At the occasion senator Abdul Haseeb Khan, Gulzar Firoz, Zubair Chhaya, Ikram Rajput, Syed Wajid Hussain, Faraz-ur-Rehman and Secretary Industries Naseemullah Ghani are also present.