LAHORE : United Business Group (UBG) is poised to sweep the apex body’s elections fourth time consecutively with majority votes as the opposition only fielded six candidates out of 13 which shows the popularity of the UBG among the business community unrivaled.
Chairing central core committee meeting here on Saturday to review the progress of the nationwide electioneering for Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry annual election for the year 2018 , Central Chairman UBG and veteran trade leader Iftikhar Ali Malik said over 90 percent of the business community supports the UBG because of their unprecedented services and interest in timely help addressing the problems confronted by the business community across the country . He said with untiring efforts of Mian Muhammad Adress, provincial head of UBG,we will bag all votes in 20 chambers in Punjab as the opposition could field a single candidate against them from the most populated province of the country.
Mian Adrees informed the meeting that all the 20 chambers throughout the province have assured to support the UBG candidates unconditionally.He said the opposition has miserably failed to win the support from the business community as it has no clear agenda and manifesto to resolve the issues of the traders. He said that UBG’s manifesto is to address traders’ issues and to put forward recommendations for economic reform to the government.
Abdul Rauf Alam,UBG Chairman FATA and Islamabad informed that major chunk of chambers of his area will cast votes in favour of UBG candidates while Senator Ilyas Bilour Chairman UBG KPK province informed that 70 per cent chambers of his province announced to elect UBG candidates while Khalid Tawab,UBG Chief Sindh disclosed that 80 per cent of total chambers from Sindh held assurance to elect UBG panel. Khalid UBH leader from Quetta told the meeting that almost all chambers from Balochistan will live upto the aspirations of UBG in the forthcoming annual elections of the federation.
Iftikhar Ali Malik expressing the satisfaction over the pace of electioneering said UBG will continue to implement its 30 points agenda mainly aimed at accelerating the pace of economic activities and expedite the process of rapid industrialization besides bringing green revolution in the country, which he added will ultimately help improve the socio-economic conditions of the poor strata of the society especially farmers and growers,” he added.
He said their political rivals had started maligning UBG leaders for the sake of cheap popularity, but voters would consider services of the leaders of business community and reject their propaganda campaign.“The business community across the country was aware of the UBG services and they know the past of opponents,” he added.
Malik further said that Pakistan was facing severe challenges while process of industrialization was almost stopped. He urged businessmen to change their conventional thinking approach and come up with some plans such as value-addition to their items, enhancement of research and development (R&D), product branding etc, with a vision to compete the regional and global competitors.
“We can get handsome prices by exporting value-added items to the international market. For value-addition, transfer of technology is a must,” he said.
UBG Chairman demanded the abolition of the withholding tax, bringing an end to the raids on the taxpayers, and payment of the refunds to the exporters as non-payment has compromised their ability. He also demanded to reverse the recent increase in the prices of electricity and fuel which was a blow to the businesses reeling under multiple problems.
Iftikhar Ali Malik said UBG is apolitical entity and categorically warned that no direct or indirect political interference in the federation election will be tolerated at any cost. It is purely evolved to address the issues of the business community in true democratic manners through transparent election process.
Orignally published by INP