RAWALPINDI, Feb 13 (APP): The Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry(RCCI) will hold three days “All Pakistan Chambers Presidents Conference International” (APCPCI) on March 11-14 at Gwadar. President RCCI Zahid Latif Khan said this during a press conference held at Chamber office here on Tuesday.
Addressing the press conference, Zahid said that it’s an honour and legacy for RCCI that it has been organizing this event for the last nine years on regular basis. This time we picked Gawadar as event venue so that business community can see the development on the ground and get awareness and future aspects of CPEC, he said.
The major aim of the conference was to develop a common platform for All Chambers and Trade Associations to raise economic issues at national level, providing suggestions/recommendation to the government related to trade policy, business environment and all issues affecting businesses directly or indirectly, he added.
He said that the proposed agenda highlights for the upcoming conference include China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and its possible impacts on Inter and Intra- Regional trade, connectivity and regional trade integration, Trade and investment opportunities in Pakistan, Inter-regional trade barriers (Tariff and non-Tarif barriers) and settlement of international trade disputes.
Answering a question related to CPEC, President RCCI said that no doubt it’s a game changer and its our collective responsibility to make it a successful national project. Referring to a research report he says that if China proceeds with just five percent of its trade through CPEC, this will give roughly 6 billion US dollar income annually to Pakistan along with 400 thousand employment opportunities.
RCCI chief said we have invited representatives of the chamber of commerce of neighbouring countries including China to discuss possible trade and investment opportunities. Economic performance, foreign borrowings, circular debt, trade deficit, fiscal budget and trade policy will also be discussed during the conference.
President Gwadar Chamber of Commerce Mir Naveed Baloch also attended the briefing and on this occasion, RCCI inked MOU with Gwadar Chamber related to RCCI upcoming APCPCI 2018.