The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) held its Annual General meeting on December 29, 2018 at Federation House Karachi wherein the Election Commission announced the results of FPCCI Elections 2019. As per results of FPCCI Election 2019, Eng. Daroo Khan elected as a President FPCCI with 174 votes and Dr. Mirza Ikhtair Baig elected as Sr. Vice President FPCCI with 174 votes for the year 2019. Whereas on the seats of Associations, Abdul Waheed Khan got 153 votes Noor Ahmed Khan got 116 votes, Mulim Muhammadi got 113 votes and Arshad Jamal got 111 votes and elected as Vice Presidents of FPCCI 2019. Waqar Mahmood Khan and Haji Iftikhar Ahmed elected unopposed as Vice President from the seat of Sindh and KPK respectively. While Ismail Suttar got 11 votes and elected Vice President from Baluchistan, Muhammad Ijaz Abbasi got eight votes and elected Vice President from ICT, Abdul Rauf Mukhtar got 31 votes and elected Vice President from Punjab and Qurban Ali got 10 votes and elected Vice President from Small Chambers respectively. Shireen Arshad Khan got 9 votes and elected Vice President on the seat of Women Chambers. All the Elected Officer Bearers belong to UBG which is headed by S. M. Muneer and Iftikhar Ali Malik. New Office Bearers of FPCCI have taken the charge of their offices from January 1, 2019 and in the first meeting of Executive Committee Syed Mazhar Ali Nasir Immediate Past Sr. Vice President has been appointed as the Advisor to the President FPCCI.
The newly elected President FPCCI Eng Daroo Khan assured in his first address in Executive committee meeting that special attention will be given to resolve the issues of business community in the time to come and will take on board ruling group and opposition group without any discrimination for policy advocacy on national issues. He hoped that opposition group will adopt a positive attitude and will give their input/suggestion for policy advocacy. While in the past the role of opposition was negative and their allegations in the current election are also baseless and fabricated.
Eng. Daroo Khan further added that Mian Zahid Hussain representative of Businessmen Panel is resisting to black mailing the business community. He doesn’t have any business except making money in the period of election. He appealed to the Business Community to be aware such types of negative elements and keep themselves away from such elements that the business community should have one voice and play their role to resolve economic issues.
Eng. Daroo Khan denied and condemned the allegations of Mian Zahid regarding the unproductiveness of Research and Development Department of FPCCI. He clarified that during the year 2018, the Research and Policy department of FPCCI formulated several research reports that include Exploring Central Asian Republic: An Untapped Market for Pakistan, Southern African Development Community: Potential for Pakistan Trade and Investment, Handbook on Trade Barriers (NTMs/NTBs), Proposals for Strategic Trade Policy and Framework, Market Analysis for Trade with EFTA Countries etc. Besides this, the Research Department conducted series of Roundtables on important issues such as China Pakistan Free Trade Agreement, Water Scarcity, SMEs Sector and Halal Industry etc and forwarded their recommendations to concerned Ministries and other authorities. He further said that government of Pakistan pays special consideration to the recommendations of FPCCI and recently Syed Mazhar Ali Nasir Immediate past Sr. Vice President FPCCI gave presentation to Prime Minister on enhancement of exports of Pakistan which was highly appreciated by Prime Minister of Pakistan.
Engineer Daroo Khan Achakzai further stated that all the trade bodies fully participated in election process and elected the UBG representatives which indicates their confidence on UBG leadership. Eng. Daroo Khan also acknowledged the services of DGTO and honorable High Courts for taking timely decisions for conducting fair and transparent elections of FPCCI.
Eng Daroo Khan also thanked Allahudin Marri who was the Presidential candidate and Mr. Anjum Nisar for congratulating the new office bearers of FPCCI and appreciated FPCCI for holding fair and transparent election.