FPCCI demands replacing SBP governor

FPCCI demands replacing SBP governor

KARACHI: The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) on Friday demanded the government of replacing the governor of State Bank of Pakistan (SBP).

“The business, industry and trade community of Pakistan demands a better, more competent and responsible leadership at the helm of the affairs at State Bank of Pakistan,” said Mian Nasser Hyatt Maggo, President FPCCI while criticizing irresponsible and fictitious statement by the Governor SBP on deprecating value of Pakistani Rupee and how it is benefiting Pakistan.

FPCCI Chief said that there is no economic sense and justification in the statement that Pakistan has gained around $3 billion due to recent depreciation in Pak Rupee. He added that the ground realities are diametrically opposite than that of assertions by SBP Chief.

Mian Nasser Hyatt Maggo emphasized that monetary policy should be devised in a manner to promote economic growth and bring stability in the economic indicators; however, monetary policy has failed to achieve any of the above.

Nasir Khan, VP FPCCI, has said that unrelentingly depreciating exchange rate is playing a havoc with Pakistani society and the economy. This is unsustainable and the Prime Minister should intervene – in the larger national interest – immediately to arrest the slide in the value of Pak Rupee.

Nasir Khan said that the government must address the domestic and imported inflation through its monetary and fiscal policies; instead of making lame excuses.    

Mian Nasser Hyatt Maggo said that hardly any justification exists in continuation of the present Governor SBP. In fact, ethically speaking, he should prefer to resign himself in view of totally indefensible policy structure given by SBP.

Mian Nasser Hyatt Maggo has also demanded a binding inquiry into the conduct of SBP in recommending sweeping tax concessions for non-resident companies to attract investments in government debt at very high rates to favor certain foreign commercial banks. The same conduct of Governor SBP is part of the history archives, when he was in Egypt.

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