INTERVIEW: S.M. MUNEER, PRESIDENT INDIA-PAKISTAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY
Nov 7 - 20, 2011
POSITIONS IN COMPANIES:
Chairman: 1) Din Leather (Pvt) Ltd:The leading exporting company of finished leather in Pakistan having most modern tanning unit in Karachi with last year annual turnover of about Rs2.5 billion. (US$: 28 million)
2) Din Textile Mills Ltd.: One of the leading exporters of different types of valued added: Yarns, having four most modern spinning units in Lahore (total 79,008 spindles). Total annual turnover is about Rs7.7 billion.
- 100 per cent Cotton Knitting
Yarn Brand "NABEEL"
The above units are equipped with most modern imported machinery and producing finest quality yarn in different varieties.
Vice Chairman: I) Muslim
Commercial Bank Ltd.
Trophies and Awards:
Din Leather (Pvt.) Ltd. received various Best Export Performance Trophies from the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Karachi, for highest exports.
Din Leather (Pvt.) Ltd. has also been awarded the best award "Gold Medallion Award" in recognition to its exports achievements by The International Export Association, U.K.
S. M. Muneer has been awarded the "Best Business Man Of The Year Award" by FPCCI, in presence of General Zia-ul-Haq, former President of Pakistan.
Din Textile Mills Ltd has been awarded twice "The Top 25 Companies Award" by the Karachi Stock Exchange.
a) In 2000, an award was given by the former Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz.
b) In 2001, an award was given by the then Prime Minister, Mir Zafarullah Jamali.
Ex-President of Pakistan Gen. Pervez Musharraf has conferred "Sitara-I-Isaar" award to S.M.Muneer on 30-06-2006 in recognition of his outstanding services for the cause of humanity.
Pervez Musharraf has also conferred biggest award of "Sitara-I-Imtiaz" to S.M.Muneer on 14-08-2007 in recognition of his outstanding public services for the cause of humanity. This award was given in a special ceremony by Governor of Sindh, Dr. Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan on 23/03/2008 at Governor House, Karachi.
After approval by the Governor of Sindh, Institute of Business & Technology (BIZTEK) has conferred Honorary PHD degree of Doctorate of Philosophy at its convocation held on 30th May, 2008, Karachi.
Second time again after approval by the Governor of Sindh, Indus Institute of Higher Education has conferred honorary PhD at its convocation held on 19th January, 2009.
Travelled abroad extensively in the last 46 years to various countries for the promotion of export orders for more than 450 times.
Visited following countries as the leader of Pakistan's official trade delegation.
India 1982, New Zealand & Fiji Island 1984, Japan/Korea 1985, Turkey 1991
Visited Turkey and Iraq as the member of govt. official delegation led by former prime minister Benazir Bhutto in 1989.
Visited Turkey as member of government official delegation with Senator Sartaj Aziz, federal finance minister in 1991.
Visited Muscat as the Member of Govt. official delegation led by Benazir Bhutto and signed cooperation agreement between FPCCI and Oman Chamber in 1994.
Visited Germany as president FPCCI with official delegation led by Benazir Bhutto and signed Cooperation Agreement between FPCCI & DIHT (German Federation) from April 18th to 20th April 1994.
Visited Turkmenistan with Benazir
Bhutto from 25th to 28th October, 1994.
21-24 November, 2004 Sri Lanka,
Maldive and India.
Visited Turkey with Chief Minister Punjab, Mian Shahbaz Sharif from 12th Jan to 16th January, 2010.
Visited India with Pakistan official delegation headed by Mukhdoom Amin Fahim, federal commerce minister from 26/9/2011 to 1/10/2011.
POSITIONS HELD IN THE PAST
Chairman of All Pakistan Tanners Association (Central Zone) in the following years:
1969-70, 1981-82, 1982-83, 1983-84, 1984-85, 1985-86 and 1993-94. (Seven Times), Organized "Pakistan Leather Show" since 1979.
Member of Federal Parliament (Government of Pakistan) in 1984-85. (Majlis-e-Shura)
Vice Chairman/Senior Vice Chairman of S.I.T.E. Association of Industry, Karachi, for two years which is one of the biggest industrial associations of Pakistan in 1985-86.
Chairman of Export Promotion Committee for Leather and Leather Garments from 1981 to 1986.
Senior Vice President of Faran Club (International) 1986-87
President of Faran Club (International) 1987-88
Trustee in Karachi Port Trust for 1986-87
Vice Chairman of Karachi Port Trust for 1987-88 & remained acting Chairman many times.
Chairman Korangi Association of Trade & Industry for 1988-89 & 1990-91. (Two times)
Member of managing committee of KCCI in ?1985-1987 & 1990-91. (Two times)
Member of managing committee of FPCCI, 1988-1990.
Vice President FPCCI for 1990-91 and was acting president many times during 1990-91.
President Karachi Gymkhana Club for the year 1991-92.
Vice Chairman MCB during since 08-04-1991 to 04-06-1995
President FPCCI during Jan-94 to Mar-1996.
Federal minister of state & chairman Pakistan Trade Fair Corporation in 1997.
Chairman of MCB from 05-06-1995 to 27-06-1997.
Vice President of Pakistan Red Crescent Society (Sindh Provincial Branch) from 23-07-1998 till 09-10-2002.
An active member and Chairman of Chiniot Anjuman-e-Islamia, a social welfare society running many dispensaries, maternity homes, schools and hospitals in Karachi, Faisalabad ?and Chiniot. Recently, the Trust has completed a big hospital of about 150 beds in Korangi area.
Convener Quaid Foundation Mohammad Ali Jinnah to spread Quaid's message.
Founder Life Member of Pakistan Hypertension League Karachi.
MEMBER OF WORLD HYPERTENSION LEAGUE
Recently, he financed a very modern girls College in the name of 'Din College' in Chiniot and the college is working under the auspices of Chiniot Anjuman Islamia. This College was inaugurated in September, 2004 by former Governor of Punjab Lt. Gen.(R) Khalid Maqbool.
• Member: Karachi Gymkhana Club
Trade between India and Pakistan is at the lowest level and after the visit of our federal commerce minister, Amin Faheem, to India-I was part of this delegation-I feel that Indian side is fully ready to open full business and trade with Pakistan and I think after 01/01/2012, India Pakistan business will increase manifold and I expect within next 3 to 4 years Pakistan official trade with India will be more than US$6 billion.
PAGE: HOW WOULD YOU COMMENT ON THE TRADE RELATIONS BETWEEN INDIA AND PAKISTAN?
S. M. MUNEER:
As of today official export to India is US $400 million and imports US$ 2.5 billion. Non-official trade between both countries through Dubai and Singapore is more than 400 million dollars.
PAGE: YOUR VIEWS ABOUT SOUTH ASIA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT.
S. M. MUNEER: south Asia free trade agreement is very important and this will also help increase our business activity.
PAGE: INDIA HAS INDICATED THAT IT WOULD FINALLY REMOVE ITS OBJECTION TO THE EUROPEAN UNION'S PLAN TO GRANT PAKISTAN CERTAIN TRADE CONCESSIONS TO HELP IT RECOVER FROM THE 2010 FLOODS. YOUR VIEWS.
S. M. MUNEER: Indian commerce minister has agreed in my presence that India would fully remove its objection in the European Union.
PAGE: PAKISTAN HAS YET TO GRANT MOST FAVORED NATION (MFN) STATUS TO INDIA TO BRING IT ON PAR WITH OTHER TRADING PARTNERS, AS ENCOURAGED BY THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION. INDIA, ON THE OTHER HAND, HAS YET TO REMOVE NON-TARIFF BARRIERS SUCH AS VISA RESTRICTIONS, SECURITY CLEARANCES, AND STRINGENT CERTIFICATION RULES. YOUR COMMENTS.
S. M. MUNEER: Ministry of commerce and FPCCI have agreed to grant MFN status to India and government of Pakistan has also circulated this information to the business community of Pakistan to find out if there is any objection.
PAGE: GIVE YOUR VIEWS ON EFFORTS OF GOVERNMENT FOR THE PROMOTION OF PAK-INDIA TRADE.
S. M. MUNEER: During a meeting in New Delhi between the two commerce ministers, it was agreed that bona fide businesspersons of both the countries will get multiple visa for one year for the whole country without any police registration whereas we are at present getting visa only for 3 to 4 cities. The Indian side also agreed to reduce non-trade-barriers. This will also help increase business.
I wish to appreciate efforts of our commerce minister Amin Faheem, and in particular secretary commerce Zafar Mahmood. Both are doing their best to increase business between India and Pakistan.