ICCI for channelling remittances towards productive activities through policy measures

Islamabad, July 11, 2019 (PPI-OT): The Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry has called upon the government to take policy measures and offer good incentives for channelling remittances towards the investment and productive activities that would help in promoting business activities and improving economic growth of the country.

Ahmed Haqssan Moughal, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry said that remittances this year have exceeded $21 billion that showing an increase of 9% compared to the same period of last year that was very encouraging. However, he stressed that government should take concrete measures to develop required expertise and institutional mechanism to channel the remittances towards the investment and productive activities.

ICCI President said that remittances were an important source of economic wellbeing for a large number of families in the country and were helping in boosting consumption that benefited our industries. However, he said that remittances could play more effective role for the economy if their major portion was channelled towards savings and investment. He said due to encouraging policies, many expatriate Chinese and Indians have returned to their home countries to start business ventures and Pakistan should also take necessary measures to facilitate Overseas Pakistanis to invest and start business ventures in their home country.

Rafat Farid Senior Vice President and Iftikhar Anwar Sethi Vice President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry said that many Sub-Saharan African countries have improved GDP and economic growth rate by diverting remittances towards savings and investment, therefore, it was high time that Pakistan should take solid measures to enhance the share of remittances towards SMEs in the country.

They said that Pakistan was receiving more remittances than foreign direct investment and development assistance, thus increasing their share into savings instruments would help in developing capital markets and providing more funds for productive endeavours. Therefore, it was right time that government should take policy measures to divert remittances towards investment and productive activities in the country.

For more information, contact:
Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI)
Chamber House, Aiwan-e-Sanat-o-Tijarat Road,
Mauve Area, G-8/1, Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-2250526, 2253145, 8432676
Fax: +92-51-2252950
Email: icci@brain.net.pk, info@icci.com.pk
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