Traiq Kirmani admitted that the sharp increasing oil prices are the biggest challenge for the aviation industry

June 05 - 11, 2006

The PIA Chairman Tariq Kirmani has announced to start home delivery from 15th of June and after that the passengers would be able to get their tickets while sitting with comfort in their homes.

The PIA Chairman made the announcement while speaking at a function at Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry. LCCI President Mian Shafqat Ali, Senior Vice Abdul Basit, Vice President Aftab Ahmad Vohra and former Presidents Iftikhar Ali Malik and Mian Anjum Nisar also spoke on the occasion and threw light on various issues.

Traiq Kirmani admitted that the sharp increasing oil prices are the biggest challenge for the aviation industry in Pakistan but the PIA has evolved a strategy to overcome the problem.

He said that the Pakistan International Airlines was striving to maintain its domestic market share at 70 per cent.

Tariq Kirmani said that the PIA was improving its services with every passing day and foreigners are being inducted into its crew just to facilitate the passengers.

He also announced to give special discount to all LCCI delegations in a bid to facilitate the business community.

He said that only to make the PIA a real service -oriented entity, a special attention is being given towards the complaints being forwarded by the passengers. He said the within ten days sealed glass boxes would be placed at all airports to receive the complaints.

Speaking on the occasion, the LCCI President Mian Shafqat Ali urged the Chairman that the PIA should construct bonded cold storages at the airports to avoid spoiling of perishable commodities.

He said that the PIA should also start direct flights from Lahore to Iran and central Asian towns of Almaty, Tashkent and Dushanbe as Pakistan's trade relations with ECO countries are on a fast track.

The LCCI President said that there is an urgent need to focus on improvement of infrastructure - roads, railways, airports, ports and a fleet of aircraft to meet the growing demand for our passenger and cargo traffic to keep the momentum of growth going.

The LCCI Senior Vice President Abdul Basit invited the attention of the Chairman One major problem which the business community of Lahore and specially the carpet manufacturers and exporters are facing, is the current flight schedule for Lahore- Peshawar. Previously it was more convenient to make day's trip by morning and evening flights from both sides but now the timings are so odd that one has to stay there for two nights to finish his few hours working. The business community has no other option but to use either its own transport or Daewoo bus service for such a long journey by road. This is problematic not just in terms of the extra expenses on account of hotel stay but also the wastage of precious time. So the PIA should reschedule flights from Lahore to Peshawar according to old plan.

The LCCI Vice President Aftab Ahmad Vohra said that the PIA might set up business counters at all the Airports to resolve problems concerning business at the airports if any.

The Chairman Senate, Mohammadmian Soomro, has said that government is considering various options to control fast going up prices of petroleum products to make Pakistani goods cost-effective and competitive in the global market.

The Senate Chairman was speaking at LCCI recently. LCCI Senior Vice President Abdul Basit, Vice President Aftab Ahmad Vohra, former Presidents Iftikhar Ali Malik, Mian Misbahur Rehman, President Punjab Economic Forum Mian Anjum Nisar and Senior Vice President SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry Jamil Mehboob Magoon also spoke on the occasion.

Mohammadmian Soomro said that the energy prices are major area of concern for the government, which is striving to facilitate the industrial segment of the society. He urged the LCCI office-bearers to help the government for bringing cost-effectiveness. About law and order, the Chairman said that the provincial government had already been issued special instruction by the federal government as it not only discourages foreign investment but also sends wrong signals abroad, which is a bad omen for the country.

The Chairman also sought LCCI help for bringing the rate of inflation down saying that the LCCI should evolve proposals and forward the same to the federal government so that a solid strategy could be evolved.

Speaking on the occasion, the LCCI President Mian Shafqat Ali said that the repeated increases in the prices of energy defy government's claims and it is high time that the government should focus on the issue so that the people could get some relief.

He said that the law and order situation continues to be in a bad shape, which is a pre-requisite for development of any country. There is an urgent need for greater efforts so that people could see a positive change. Unless the law and order is improved in the country local and foreign investors would remain scary.

The LCCI President said that in today's world of Intellectual Property Rights nations protect their products and heritage through suitable laws within their countries and also obtain reciprocal protection overseas such as Ceylon tea and Darjeelang tea. Pakistan has a long list of heritage products such as Basmati Rice, Sargodha Kinnoo, Kasuri Methi, Chaman Grapes, Swati Apple, Sindhi Mango etc to name a few. There is an urgent need to protect Pakistani heritage products through legislation. He said that the government should take up this issue with the Indian Government and lodge a strong protest with India before it is too late. Basmati was yet to be notified by the Indian Ministry of Agriculture which until has now prohibited its sale in the local market with the same brand name.

The LCCI Senior Vice President Abdul Basit urged the Chairman to take action against qabza group which are giving bad name to the government.

He also said that the government should announce a special package for the revival of poultry industry as firth the October 8 earthquake and then bird flu rumours virtually pushed the industry to the wall.

LCCI Vice President Aftab Ahmad Vohra said that the biggest challenge before the policy makers is how to keep the momentum of growth in the country, which also ensures equitable distribution of wealth.

He said that the country is also far away from meeting the demands of WTO agreements such as Sanitary and Phyto Sanitary agreement to benefit from the expanded global trading system.

The LCCI and FPCCI former President Iftikhar Ali Malik also took up the issue of Basmati rice with the Chairman Senate. He said that India has formally adopted Pakistan's super basmati rice for official export. With this decision Indian exporters could label and market this variety. Pakistan previously had a monopoly over super basmati but the latest Indian ratification would take away 40 percent of the world market from Pakistan.

The President Punjab Economic Forum Mian Anjum Nisar spoke on high mark-up rates. He said that the high mark-up rate is the biggest hurdle in the way of industrialization.

Former LCCI President Mian Misbahur Rehman advocated some special package for the knitwear industry, which is in bad shape these days.