PESHAWAR: Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Fuad Ishaq on Tuesday unveiled a comprehensive research report regarding natural resources of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and its potential in agriculture and fishery sectors.

He said the business community could make contact with the chamber to take advantage of these research study reports.

The SCCI president unveiled the report prepared by the chamber’s research and development cell regarding natural resources of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and potential in agriculture and fishery sectors during an Iftar-dinner hosted in honour of executive members of SCCI here.

The Iftar-dinner was attended by SCCI’s senior vice-presidents Sanaullah, Ejaz Afridi, former presidents Hasnain Khurshid, Riaz Arshad, Zahid Shinwari, Adeel Rauf, Faiz Mohammad, Sherbaz Bilour, former vice-presidents and SCCI executive members.

Fuad Ishaq said that SCCI planned to organise a business conference with the theme – traders and industrialists are builders of the nation – in the second week of May.

He said that political leaders, government officials from relevant institutions and representatives of stakeholders would be invited to the conference.

Mr Ishaq said that a joint economic roadmap would be designed during this important moot. “Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is blessed with abundant natural resources like oil, gas and hydel electricity. However, despite that the province is lagging behind as compared to the other federating units in the journey of progress,” Mr Ishaq deplored.

The SCCI president said that traders and industrialists were in trouble in the prevailing circumstances, while jobs were not available to the talented and highly-qualified youth. He said economic growth and prosperity would only come with flourishing business, industry and trade.

The chamber president urged the relevant authorities to take pragmatic steps to mitigate hardships of the business community because when traders and industrialists would be prosperous then business and trade could be enhanced, leading to generation of employment opportunities in the province.

Published in Dawn, April 10th, 2024

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