SCCI, SMEDA accelerate efforts for development of Business Facilitation Centre
PESHAWAR: The Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) have expedited their efforts to establish a proposed Business Facilitation Centre with an object to resolve business community issues and bring easiness in doing businesses under idea of ‘one-window’ operation. In this connection, a meeting was held here on Wednesday under SCCI president, EngrMaqsod Anwar Pervaiz in chair at the chamber house.
he meeting was attended by BFC core committee members, Smeda General Manager Outreach, JavedKhattak, the chamber SVP ShahidHussain, VP Abdul Jalil Jan, Smeda provincial chief Rashid Aman, Coordinator Junaid Khan, Legal Advisor Amir Ali, Chartered Accountant Shahid Ahmed, General Secretary of SCCI, Sajjad Aziz, and Coordinator Research and Development Cell Ishtiaq Ali.
The meeting reviewed the progress on proposed Business Facilitation Centre and suggested to launch of a web portal, which will be connected with all relevant government departments. It was informed that a total 32 departments, including 11 federal and 21 provincial have so far nominated focal persons for the proposed BFC.
The meeting agreed to further relevant government authorities for nomination of focal persons in order to make the BFC a successful initiative. It was decided that a comprehensive presentation would be given to the nominated focal persons (FPs) of the government departments to apprise them about prime objectives and idea of the Business Facilitation Centre.
EngrMaqoodPervaiz while speaking on the occasion said that the proposed BFC is a joint venture of SCCI and SMEDA, which will play pivotal role in attracting investment, industrialisation as well as resolution of business community issues.
The SCCI chief said the all relevant governments and regional authorities have taken on board in order to make the joint initiative a successful one. He claimed that the BFC will be a solely centre of its nature through which the business community issues will be resolved, besides to bring easiness in doing business under the idea of ‘one-window’ facility.
EngrMaqsoodPervaiz said the idea of setting up of BFC was widely appreciated at government level and given assurance to extend every support to make the initiative successful. He hailed the government step of Ease of Doing Business, saying the proposed establishment of BFC was a part of these efforts.
On the occasion, SMEDA General Manager Outreach, JavedKhattak has floated several ideas and recommendations regarding the Business Facilitation Centre and the entire house were unanimously agreed on them.