KARACHI: Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) on Wednesday welcomed the government decision to appoint Hammad Azhar as the finance minister of the country.
Chairman Businessmen Group (BMG) & Former President KCCI Zubair Motiwala and President KCCI Shariq Vohra, while warmly welcoming the appointment of Hammad Azhar as Federal Finance Minister, stated that the business & industrial community of Karachi highly appreciates and fully supports Prime Minister’s prudent decision and hopes that the newly appointed Finance Minister would take necessary practical steps to deal with some of the major economic crises being faced by the country.
In a joint statement, Chairman BMG and President KCCI pointed out that Hammad Azhar will have to devise effective strategies on war-footing basis to deal with the menace of inflation which has terribly affected the lives of entire population, besides taking practical steps to bring down the exorbitant cost of doing business.
Uncertainty continues prevails in every nook and corner of the country as the COVID-19 pandemic still remains largely active and the overall situation, which was already very challenging, has been worsening day by day. It seems that the third spell of the deadly virus was more dangerous and it has triggered a lot of anxiety amongst various businesses therefore, the next budget has to be declared as a “Relief & Rescue Budget”, they added.
They opined that this change at the helm of affairs at the Ministry of Finance just ahead of budget has triggered some anxiety amongst business community and was likely to create a challenging situation hence, the government will have to take confidence building measures by taking the Karachi Chamber on board in the policy making process whether it was pertaining to SBP’s autonomy, budget making or any other taxation related issue.