Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) President Sardar Yasir Ilyas Khan called on the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to intensify efforts towards developing Aabpara Market as a model market of the federal capital, which would boost trade activities.
He said that the Aabpara market is one of the primary markets of Islamabad so there is a need to develop it on modern lines to give it the status of a model market.
He expressed these views while addressing a reception held at ICCI in honour of the newly elected Office Bearers of Traders Welfare Association of Aabpara Market on Friday.
Khan said that the establishment of an expo centre in the federal capital was urgently needed for better promotion of trade and exports in the region.
He further maintained that the decision to close businesses twice a week should be reconsidered and more attention should be paid to vaccination while the business community would extend full cooperation in this regard.
The president said that lease issues of traders are still unresolved and CDA should focus on resolving them. He added that construction of additional storey should be allowed in markets, which is necessary for better promotion of business activities.
ICCI Vice President Abdul Rehman Khan congratulated the newly elected Traders Association and expressed good wishes for them. He said that the National Assembly has already passed the bill of rent control act for Islamabad and the government should also arrange its passage unanimously from the Senate so that this long-standing issue can be resolved.
Ajmal Baloch, the newly elected president, stated that the construction of a multi-storey car park was urgently needed to solve the parking issues in the Aabpara Market so CDA should intensify efforts in this regard.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 28th, 2021.