LCCI urges Govt. to appoint professionals in Pakistan Land Port Authority

August 11, 2014 Off By Web Desk

LAHORE: The Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry has urged the government to appoint professionals of high calibre in Pakistan Land Port Authority to turn it a result-oriented body in true sense of the word.

In a statement issued here, the LCCI former Vice President and Chairman Pak-India trade Promotion Committee Aftab Ahmad Vohra said that the decision to include private sector in Land Port Authority would help increase the volume of trade flows across land borders.

He said that the private sector representation at Federal and Provincial levels would ensure implementation of decisions in letter and spirit therefore at least 50 per cent of the members should be taken from the private sector.

The LCCI former Vice said that it is happy sign that the government has accepted the Lahore Chamber demand for establishment of such an authority at land borders in order transform our land ports into efficient facilitators of trade while simultaneously being responsive to security issues and smuggling, human.

Aftab Ahmad Vohra said that Pakistan Land Port Authority could play a vital role in promotion of Pakistan’s external trade but it should be freed from bureaucratic hurdles.

The Land Port Authority (LPA) is supposed to have operational and financial autonomy to oversee the construction and maintenance of the integrated border crossing points and future extension of three dry ports at Torkham, Chaman and Wagha border. The LPA will act as a common platform for all regulatory agencies, including customs, immigration, terminal operator, security, quarantine, banks, shipping agencies and freight forwarders. The concept would be based on various administration models followed in countries like Singapore, India and Bangladesh.

Earlier, USAID released about $36 million (about Rs 4 billion) to the Commerce Ministry. This assistance was spent on development of the Wagha border, the Torkham Post, establishment of a Trade Portal and strengthening of Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) and National Tariff Commission (NTC).

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