Iftikhar Ali Malik to Focus on Improving Pakistan’s trade with SAARC countries

Islamabad, June 02 (Online Int’l): A delegation of Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry led by President Muhammad Ahmed Waheed met with Iftikhar Ali Malik and congratulated him on assuming the charge of President, SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The delegation also congratulated Zubair Ahmed Malik, former President ICCI for his election as Executive Member SAARC CCI. Tahir Abbasi Senior Vice President, Saif ur Rehman Khan Vice President ICCI, Mian Akram Farid Chairman ICCI Founder Group, SheikhTariq Sadiq, Mian Shaukat Masud, Muhammad Ejaz Abbasi, Ch. Waheed ud Din, Atif Ikram Sheikh, Sheikh Amir Waheed, Karim Aziz Malik, Malik Sohail Hussain, Muhammad Naveed Malik, Mahmood Ahmed Warraich, Muhammad Shakeel Munir, Ashfaq Chatha and others were in the delegation. Mian Anjum Nisar, President FPCCI, Senator Haji Ghulam Ali Vice President SAARC CCI and others were also present at the occasion.

Addressing the delegation, Iftikhar Ali Malik said that as President SAARC CCI, he would focus on improving Pakistan’s trade relations with SAARC member states. He said that he would use SAARC CCI platform for developing strong networking and business linkages between the private sectors of SAARC countries to capitalize on the trade potential of SAARC Region. He said that trade among SAARC region was just 7%, which was far less than the trade amongst the members of other regional blocks like EU, ASEAN and NAFTA and improving trade in the SAARC region would be his key priority. He thanked ICCI delegation for congratulating him and assured that he would work in cooperation with trade bodies of Pakistan to explore new opportunities for Pakistani business community in SAARC region. He further said that he would try to complete the building of SAARC CCI Headquarters in Islamabad to make it functional.

Speaking at the occasion, Muhammad Ahmed Waheed, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) congratulated Iftikhar Ali Malik on taking over charge as President SAARC Chamber of Commerce & Industry and hoped that his tenure would be instrumental in starting a new era of growing trade and economic relations among SAARC member states. He said that Iftikhar Ali Malik was an experienced business leader with great exposure in SAARC countries and his election as President SAARC CCI would bring beneficial outcomes for the economy of Pakistan.

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