The Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI) has declared 2017 the year of Industry-Academia linkage. The decision was made by the LCCI President Abdul Basit, Senior Vice President Amjad Ali Jawa and Vice President Muhammad Nasir Hameed Khan while a special Standing Committee on Industry-Academia linkage has also been established that would be headed by Omer Saleem. The LCCI office-bearers said that purpose of this initiative is to enhance interaction between the industrial sector and educational institution. It would help producer skilled human resources as per requirement of the industry. They said that the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry is focusing on development of research activities and capacity building. LCCI would collaborate with academia and undertake projects to help the industry compete with the challenges faced in the 21st century. They said that workshops, conferences, symposia and seminars would also be organized.