Extension of trade bodies’ terms is not under consideration: Abdul Razzak Dawood

Prime Minister’s Advisor on Commerce and Trade Abdul Razzak Dawood has categorically said that there is no consideration of extending tenure of trade bodies office bearers and even the law doesn’t allow such proposal.

He was talking to a delegation led by Patron in Chief of United Business Group (UBG) and former Chief Executive of Trade Development of Pakistan (TDAB) SM Muneer. Secretary Commerce Salih Farooqui, Former Presidents of Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) Zubair Tufail, Abdul Rauf Alam, Khalid Tawab , Sohail Altaf, Zafar Bakhtayari and Malik Sohail Hussain were also present at the occasion.

Mr. Dawood mentioned that office bearers of FPCCI and some other trade bodies have brought the idea to extend the term of their office for one more year in the backdrop of Coronavirus pandemic situation but it was rejected because there is no any provision in the related laws. While answering a question asked from the delegation he clearly said that elections of trade bodies would held on the time as the Trade Bodies Ordinance provides one year tenure for the office bearers.

In the meeting SM Muneer applauded the measure to curb coronavirus taken bay PM Imran Khan and his team. He said that with the grace of Almighty now the spread of infection is under control , however another high spread is feared during Eidul Adha ” people should follow the SOPs and precautions to avoid any break out” he added. SM Muneer said that gradually the virus spread is lowering down globally and more exports orders were expected. He said that this the time to activate related TDAP official and commercial attachés globally to avail the opportunity. SM Muneer mentioned that as Chief Executive of TDAP he offered his services to the nation voluntarily and didn’t received a penny in term of the salary or other benefits titled to the office ” Without any office , and I no need it either, I am ready to play my role for the expansion of country’s exports” he added. He offered to give lectures to TDAP official to explore the post-corona opportunities of trade and exports. The advisor appreciated the idea.

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