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KCCI signs MoU with TUSKON
Mar '11
Muhammad Saeed Shafiq, President, Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI) and Mr. Ahmed Cigar, Vice President, Confederation of Businessmen & Industrialists of Turkey (TUSKON) signed Memorandum of Understanding/ Agreement of Cooperation at Istanbul for promotion of trade and business between Islamic Republic of Pakistan and Republic of Turkey.

The agreement was signed on the juncture of visit of KCCI's High Power Business Delegation led by Muhammad Saeed Shafiq, President-KCCI at Istanbul. Dr. Junaid Yousaf Junaid, Consul General, Consulate General of Pakistan at Istanbul was also present on this occasion.

Muhammad Saeed Shafiq, President-KCCI during the meeting with Mr. Ahmet Cigar, Vice President-TUSKON gave a presentation about KCCI, and apprised that KCCI was the premier and largest Chamber of Pakistan having over 17000 members with its function and role to promote trade and industry in Karachi and elsewhere.

Saeed Shafiq also extended invitation for participation in the My-Karachi, Oasis of Harmony Exhibition to TUSKON members. He also focused on the issue of safeguard measures on textile exports from Pakistan and other regional countries and stated that this measure will harshly affect our textile exports, therefore, Turkey being brotherly country should accord exemptions to Pakistan in this context.

Dr. Yousaf Junaid, Consul General of Pakistan at Istanbul articulated that safeguard measures and enhanced Customs Tariffs lines will have harsh affect of Pak Textile Exports to Turkey. He stated that its not China but Pakistan whose exports will suffer ultimately. Dr. Junaid appreciated the signing of agreement between KCCI & TUSKON.

Mr. Ahmed Cigar, Vice President-TUSKON, informed that Confederation of Businessmen and Industrialists of Turkey (TUSKON) is operating as the top organization of associations of businessmen that were serving to make contributions for economic and social development of our country. He informed that TUSKON, formed by 7 different regional business federations throughout the country, was established in 2005 in Istanbul.

There are 151 associations of businessmen within TUSKON, which were operating in 80 different provinces of Turkey. He said that today, TUSKON was representing around 25000 entrepreneurs and supporting the infrastructural efforts for development of economic organization, which form the foundation of development of the country, was aiming to make their enterprises and entrepreneurs a part of the global world of business. For that purpose, TUSKON was offering services as a leading organization in sharing the experiences of our businessmen in international markets, spreading such experiences, and creating new business opportunities having international offices at Brussels, Washington D.C., Moscow, Beijing, he added.

A comprehensive Business-to-Business meeting session was held between KCCI members of Business delegation and the members of TUSKON. Members of KCCI delegation, Shamim Ahmed Firpo, Chaudhry Ansar Javed, Shaikh Muhammad Tehseen, Muhammad Arif, Masood Yahya, Khadim Rasool and Dogan Yucel, Director Projects, Pak-Turk Businessmen Association Karachi (PTBA) also participated in the interactive session with Vice President-TUSKON and B2B meeting with their counterparts.

Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI)

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