President Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI), Sardar Yasir Ilyas Khan has said that cities are playing an important role in the economic development of countries around the world and emphasized that the Capital Development Authority (CDA) should focus on developing Islamabad as a model city to make it a hub of business and economic activities and to provide a conducive living environment to the citizens.
He expressed these views while speaking during a meeting with a delegation of Islamabad Citizens Committee (ICC) led by its President S.M. Siddiq Hassan which visited the ICCI to discuss matters for the development of the federal capital.
Shafeeq Siddiqui Vice President, Shams Ul Haq Awan Secretary General, Ajaz Kaleem Ashraf Finance Secretary, Chaudhry Tahir Mehmood Information Secretary and Ali Ahmed Farooqui IT Secretary were in the delegation. Abdul Rehman Khan, Vice President ICCI, Khalid Chaudhry, Mian Ramzan and others were also present at the occasion.
Speaking at the occasion, Sardar Yasir Ilyas Khan said that capital cities of many countries have become driving force in the economic development and urged that CDA should focus on modernization of infrastructure in the federal capital including carpeting of all major roads, repair of footpaths, providing parking in markets, restoration of all faulty streetlights, setting up filtration plants and public toilets in all commercial and industrial areas that would facilitate better growth of business activities.
He said that CDA and MCI should focus on establishing more public parks and playgrounds in Islamabad and provide better amenities to provide citizens a healthy environment. He assured that ICCI in collaboration with Islamabad Citizens Committee would make efforts for better development of Islamabad.
On the occasion, President ICC S.M. Siddiq Hassan highlighted the role and responsibilities of his Committee. He said that realizing their problems and issues, the citizens of Islamabad had constituted ICC in 2977 to act as an association and forum of citizens of Islamabad to bring their difficulties and problems into the notice of relevant authorities for redress.
He said that ICCI and ICC were working for some common objectives to make Islamabad modern looking and well-developed and these objectives could be achieved more effectively by developing close collaboration between both associations. He said that the collective voice of ICCI and ICC would help in addressing the key issues of the business community and the citizens.
Abdul Rehman Khan Vice President ICCI, Shams Ul Haq Awan Secretary General ICC, Chaudhry Tahir Mehmood Information Secretary ICC, Khalid Chaudhry and others also spoke at the occasion and shared ideas for making joint efforts to promote the cause of the business community and the citizens in an effective manner.