Export related industry to start operation in phased manner: Razzaq 

FAISALABAD: Adviser to Prime Minister on Commerce Abdur Razzaq Dawood has said that the government has made a strategy to allow export related industry to start its operation in a phased-manner.

He said due to the extension in current lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic, a strategy was being made to allow export related industry to start its operation.

Dawood was talking to the business leaders through a video link conference to personally inquire about their problems. He asked the various chambers to provide him a priority-wise list of 10 industrial units which could be opened subject to fulfillment of required safety measures. He said the government would also review to allow the SME and cottage industry to resume its operation after following the set SOPs.

He said that instructions to the provincial chief secretaries and commissioners were being  issued in this regard so that the industrial activities could be restored as soon as the threat of coronavirus ended.

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He said that another meeting with the business community would be held on Monday to review the steps taken in this conference. Rana Sikandar-e-Azam, President Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FCCI) suggested that industrial sector should be allowed to resume its operation.

Representing the business community, he said that the importers were unable to immediately pay the dues of their letters of credit (LCs) and their goods had been arrived in local ports. He suggested that their interest may also be deferred in view of the current situation in the wake of COVID-19.

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