MULTAN: Multan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) elected unopposed its new body here Wednesday for the year 2017-18 and Malik Israr Ahmad Awan emerged as the new president.
The new body will formally take over the charge in the MCCI annual general meeting scheduled for Thursday, September 28.
Member election commission of MCCI told an election meeting that all the office bearers were elected unopposed as no rival candidates had filed nominations for any seat of the MCCI.
Syeda Sarwat Zahra had already been elected unopposed as member of executive body against a special seat for women entrepreneurs.
He said that Malik Israr Ahmad Awan had filed nomination papers for president seat (Associate Class), Romana Tanweer Sheikh senior vice president (Corporate Class), and Khawaja Mohammad Farooq vice president (Corporate Class). They were declared successful against their respective seats as no one filed nominations to contest against them.
Members of executive body elected unopposed included Mian Mohammad Alamgir Khan, Mohammad Khan Saddozai, Khawaja Mohammad Hassan,Mohammad Shahzad Jameel, Bakhsh Elahi, Mohammad Abid, Ijaz Ahmad, Sheikh Mohammad Asim Saeed and Shoaib Furqan.
MCCI president-elect Malik Israr Ahmad Awan thanked the members for electing him and pledged to keep all on board for consultations for promotion of business and industry and development of southern part of Punjab.
He said that south Punjab would witness accelerated business activities by virtue of projects to be undertaken under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
He said that MCCI would continue to fulfil its social responsibilities with a new zeal and expressed readiness to work with other departments to ensure easier access of people to education and health facilities.
Outgoing MCCI president Khawaja Jalaluddin Rumi said that industry was facing difficult times these days and stressed that all the stakeholders should make joint efforts to bring dynamism back to business and industry.
He said that MCCI delegations should conduct meetings with government high ups to get the problems of business and industry resolved and to convince them to launch development projects related to CPEC in south Punjab.