LAHORE: Politicians and civil society should show responsibility and avoid disturbing trade and economic activities, Governor Punjab Rafique Rajwana said on Wednesday.
Addressing the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry office bearers and members, he said that business community is the backbone of the economy and it must be facilitated for sustainable economic growth of the country.
Senior Vice President Khawaja Khawar Rashid and Collector of Customs Faiz Ahmed, former LCCI vice president Aftab Ahmed Vohra, LCCI executive committee members, including Awais Paracha and others were also present on the occasion.
The Governor Punjab was of the view that prices of gas and other inputs should be same throughout the country. He said that protests and sit-ins at Mall Road have become major issues for the business community, students, patients and the masses.
Politicians and civil society should show responsibility and avoid disturbing trade and economic activities. He said that recommendations regarding parking plazas have been forwarded to Punjab government. On the occasion LCCI President Malik Tahir Javaid said that government has largely overcome the energy shortfall.
There has been a considerable decline in electricity load shedding. It is an obvious result of concerted efforts from government side which is really praiseworthy. He said that business community will be much relieved if per unit price of electricity is also brought down to further decrease the already high cost of production and also enhance our competitiveness in international market. While calling for uniformed rate for gas, he said that it is not fair to keep comparatively high price of gas for Punjab.
Talking to media persons after the ceremony Collector Customs Preventive Faiz Ahmad said that customs will extend full support to businessmen. He said that customs is playing vital role to strengthen national economy he said that a healthy business environment is the need of the hour. Collector Faiz Ahmad said that due to effective policy adopted by Customs Preventive there is marginable decrease is being witnessed in smuggling attempts.