ICCI shows concerns over SRO 924(I)/2020 as it would affect business activities
Islamabad, October 05, 2020 (PPI-OT): Sardar Yasir Ilyas Khan, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry expressed concerns over the SRO 924(I)/2020 issued by FBR on Sep: 30, 2020 in order to regulate the businesses of real estate agents, accountants and jewellers to comply with the conditions of Financial Action Task Force (FATF), however, he said that the said SRO would affect the growth of business activities, especially in real estate sector and foil the objectives of PM’s construction package.
He said this while talking to a delegation of real estate sector that called on him led by Muhammad Ejaz Abbasi former President ICCI. Mehmood Ahmed Warraich, Tariq Nusrat Wani and Zarif Ahmed Khan were in the delegation. Abdul Rehman Khan, Vice President ICCI was also present at the occasion. The delegation congratulated Sardar Yasir Ilyas Khan on assuming the Presidency of ICCI and discussed with him the implications of SRO-924 on the business activities of the real estate sector.
Sardar Yasir Ilyas Khan said that bringing Pakistan out of the FATF grey list was very important for its economy and business community was ready to cooperate with the government to achieve this goal. However, he said that before issuing any SRO, FBR should consult with the stakeholders to address their genuine concerns and save them from unnecessary problems. He said that making regulations for businesses unilaterally without consulting the stakeholders always created difficulties for genuine business people and this approach should be avoided at all cost.
ICCI President said that the economy of Pakistan was struggling for revival from the impact of Covid-19 pandemic and it was high time that the government should take measures to promote ease of doing business and provide maximum facilitation to businessmen. However, issuing SROs like 924 to overregulate some businesses would prove counterproductive. He said that consistency in policies was the key requirement for long-term business planning while the frequent changes in policies would defeat all efforts of the business community to promote business activities smoothly. He stressed that FBR should take real estate agents, accountants and jewellers fully into confidence before implementing said SRO in order to address their genuine concerns so that this move may not create hurdles in economic activity.
Muhammad Ejaz Abbasi, former President ICCI and other members of delegation said that PM construction package was aimed at attracting hidden money into the formal economy and had created lot of hope for economic revival, but SRO 924 would discourage potential investors and would squeeze the business activities of real estate sector. They said that growth of over 50 allied industries was linked with the construction industry and the government should facilitate growth of this important industry instead of making rules that would choke its development and growth.
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