Call to make REAP a model to resolve issues facing rice exporters

August 29, 2014 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: The Union of Small and Medium Enterprises (UNISAME) felicitated the managing committee members of the Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (REAP) on their unopposed election on the committee for a period of three years in the north and south zone and urged them to make REAP a model association rather than a social club to resolve the issues of the rice exporters.

President UNISAME Zulfikar Thaver in a statement said that all the 10 members of REAP managing committee (MC)  who have been elected unopposed for the period 2014-2016 were very capable persons of high repute and integrity. UNISAME expected that they would devote their time and energy for the sector facing many issues, including prompt closure of troublesome Quality Review Committee (QRC), pending case of geographical indications (GI) of basmati rice, the deteriorating supply chain, falling export of basmati rice, implementation of currency swap with Iran, smuggling of rice to neighbouring countries, under invoicing of rice shipments, lack of access to finance, increasing cost of production, absence of a strong legal committee to tackle matters of marketing committee and high handedness of officials of tax departments, energy crisis and last but not the least the law and order situation.

He said three of the four members elected from South Zone’s corporate class were Rafique Suleman, Muhammad Raza and Noman Ahmed Sheikh, and they belonged to Karachi, while Abdul Rehman Shah was elected from Quetta.

Four members have been elected from North Zone’s corporate class and they were Mian Mohsin Aziz and Chaudhry Khalid Mehmood from Kamoki, M Tayyab Bashir has been elected from Okara, while Ali Hassam Asghar was elected from Lahore whilst Muhammad Jawed Jilani was elected member from South Zone’s associate class who belonged to Karachi. They further said that Mian Shakeel Ahmad, who was from Lahore, was elected member from North Zone’s associate class.

UNISAME said that Rafique Suleman who had been the vice chairman before and had a lot of experience in the promotion of exports to China would once again focus on the promotion of exports to non traditional countries and likewise Noman Ahmad Sheikh who was the chairman at one time would seriously take up the matter of regaining lost markets of basmati rice.

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