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  • Naeem Akhtar for regeneration, expansion of business, economic activity in JK

SRINAGAR: Minister for Works, Naeem Akhtar today urged the JK Business Inc to facilitate creation of a conducive and enabling environment to promote trade, commerce, entrepreneurship and investment in the State.

Interacting with a delegation of the newly elected office-bearers of the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) who called on him here this morning, Akhtar said the priority of the new office bearers of KCCI, which is full of youth energy, should be regeneration and expansion of the businesses and economic activity in the state.  "I urge the KCCI leadership to focus on positivity to tide over the trade depression and economic despair prevailing in Kashmir over the past some time," he said and added that the steady decline in growth in various vital sectors of J&K's economy is quite visible and disturbing and a concerted effort is needed at all the levels to regenerate livelihood and the economic activity.

Complimenting the new office bearers of KCCI, the Minister said it is heartening to note that they have made a refreshing start by reaching out to everybody in the State in the larger interest of the business community. He urged them to work in coordination with their counterparts from Jammu to galvanize this one of the oldest business platforms of the state into a vibrant activity forum for enhancing industrial growth, expanding social inclusion and further deepening the social responsibility of the business community.

The KCCI delegation sought the Works Minister's support in facilitating construction of Chamber House in Srinagar for which the land has already been allotted by the Government near Rajbagh.

The delegation comprised Javeed Ahmad Tenga, President; Nasir Ahmad Khan and Fayaz Ahmad Punjabi, Vice Presidents; Gazalla Amin, General Secretary;  Muzaffar Maajid, Joint Secretary General and Sheikh Imran, Treasurer.