Govt committed to improve shipping, logistics facilities: Kamran Michael

Karachi: Federal Minister for Ports & Shipping Kamran Michael has said that the government is fully committed to improve the shipping & logistics facilities in Pakistan to boost economy.

Addressing the 5th Professionals Shipping, Logistics & Supply Chain Management Conference & Exhibition, he accepted the deliberations, concerns and recommendations of the conference, which was told by the speakers shipping and logistics support services were in shambles in our country, infrastructure was in a dilapidated state and supply chain management depends on outsourcing.

The minister not only assured his support but also promised to redress the grievances of the business community. He said he would play his role in growth and development of warehousing and ports in the country.

The Conference was also attended by Vice Admiral Shafqat Javaid, Chairman KPT.

The conference was inaugurated by S.M. Muneer, CEO TDAP and attended by Emil Wyss Consul General of Switzerland in Karachi, Hadi Santoso Consul General of Indonesia, Brig. Rashid Siddiqui Executive Director, PNSC, Farrukh Iqbal Chairman Air Cargo Agents Association of Pakistan, Sohail Yaqoob Abid General Manager PIA, Mohammed Hanif Ajari Director Supply Chain Getz Pharma, Abdul Majeed Paracha Managing Director Ravian international, Ziad Chaudhry CFO, Bayer Pakistan and others.

Mehmood Tareen Founder & CEO of Professionals Network and the organizer of the conference emphasized on the importance of such conferences. He thanked for coordination of sponsors, participants and facilitators for their valuable support for making this conference a grand success and result oriented. He promised to continue his efforts for the betterment of supply chain solutions.

Ateeq Ur Rehman spoke of misplaced priorities and gross negligence in the shipping, logistics and warehousing industry of Pakistan. He requested the government to rid the supply chain management entrepreneurs from burden of indirect and withholding taxes. He suggested to reduce the custom duty on the import of pre-engineered building (Warehouse) and place it on zero rating, thus this will encourage the growth of warehousing in the country.