Islamabad, February 01, 2018 (PPI-OT): A delegation of Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) headed by its president Mr. Ghazanfar Bilour called on Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi at Prime Minister’s Office today. Mr. Muhammad Pervez Malik, Minister for Commerce and Textile was also present during the meeting. Issues relating to various sectors of the economy, ease of doing business, enhancement of country’s export, input costs and taxation issues were discussed during the meeting. The delegation appreciated the steps taken by the present government especially addressing law and order, the energy crisis and taking the business community and other stakeholders on-board in putting in place a business-friendly environment in the country.

Highlighting certain issues faced by the business community, the delegation members presented various proposals aimed at further facilitation of the business community, reducing input costs and taking other necessary measures for boosting confidence of the business community and capitalizing trade potential of the country especially enhancement of trade with international trade partners and organizations. The Prime Minister welcomed the delegation and congratulated the newly elected office-bearers of the FPCCI. Recounting various measures that have been taken by the Government for facilitation of the business community, the Prime Minister said that the Government was actively working on improving ease of doing business in the country.

The Prime Minister said that a policy was also under consideration to encourage people bring their capital back to the country and invest in productive sectors of economy. He said that a proposal for reduction of taxes was also under consideration in order to facilitate documentation of economy and broadening of the tax base. The Prime Minister said that private sector should play a leading role towards enhancement of country’s exports. The government would welcome the proposals from the private sector and would continue to facilitate the business community in every possible manner.

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