FPCCI urges reconsidering COVID lockdown decision

FPCCI urges reconsidering COVID lockdown decision

KARACHI: The apex trade body of the country on Friday urged the Sindh government to review its lockdown decision.

The Sindh government announced a strict lockdown in the province to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Mian Nasser Hyatt Maggo, President of Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) appealed the Sindh government to reconsider lockdown decision.

The apex trade body said the decision would result in major losses to the industry.

He added that all industries should be allowed to operate seven days a week and continue their production – unabatedly. 

Mian Nasser Hyatt Maggo also stressed that the restaurants should be allowed to continue 24 hours takeaway and delivery services.

He also suggested that in order to facilitate common man, all grocery stores in the province should be allowed to operate seven days a week till 8 pm.

Mian Nasser Hyatt Maggo maintained that Pakistan’s economic hub Karachi should not be completely locked down in the larger national interest.

He recommended that the only solution out of the current situation – without causing any harm to businesses and employment opportunities –is to allow business and economic activities under strict compliance of SOPs and mandatory vaccination of the workforce.

Mian Nasser Hyatt Maggo said that if industries and businesses remain under restrictions, we will not be able to pay salaries. He added that FPCCI is ever-ready to fully support the Government of Sindh in order to create a thriving economic environment in the province. 

FPCCI hopes that its concerted appeal to the Government of Sindh will result in reconsideration of the strict decisions taken and will result in a more compliant environment in the province vis-à-vis COVID control –and, yet protect the economic and employment opportunities through taking all stakeholders onboard.

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