PR No. 04 Islamabad: September 1, 2016

A delegation of Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry led by Khawaja Masood Akhtar called on the Federal Minister for Finance Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar this afternoon at the Finance Division. Khwaja M. Asif, the Federal Minister for Water and Power also accompanied the delegation.

The delegation thanked the Finance Minister for clearing up the refunds to the exporters that were long overdue and bringing the exporter community out of their liquidity crunch. The delegation also appreciated the Government for offering export refinance facility on the lowest rates to ease out the exporters. “These efforts speak volumes about the interest the current government is taking to boost the exports in the country” said the trade representative.

The Minister welcomed the traders and said that it is the aim of the government to help and facilitate the exporters in all possible ways. The Minister also assured them that soon another large tranche of the remaining export refunds will be cleared.

The delegation put forward certain valuable suggestions for increasing the exports of the country and also shared with the Minister the problems they had been facing in transactions with the banking sector. The Minister welcomed the suggestions and assured the delegation that any help which the government could provide to facilitate in banking operations will be provided in collaboration with the banking sector.

With all the help and support offered by the government, the businessmen pledged to make every effort to increase the volume of exports from the country.

The meeting was participated by senior officials of the Ministry of Finance.