Karachi (PR): Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s (KCCI) President, Mian Abrar Ahmad has urged the United Nations for positive consideration and registration of KCCI members and Pakistani companies to extend trade opportunities. In his welcome address at joint seminar on brainstorming for registration of Pakistani Companies with United Nations being organized by KCCI and United Nations Procurement Division at KCCI today to capture the Pakistan’s share and to further explore trade opportunities, he apprised that Pakistan being member of United Nations, an emerging economy and developing Nation and strong ally on War against Terror truly needs specialized international assistance with regards to trade and business. He voiced that in view of the cost with which Pakistan is fighting War against terror as frontline State is much high with regards to Pakistan’s own resources whereas the benefits are being enjoyed all over the World especially by the West, therefore, the West and UN should treat Pakistan as a privileged nation in extending trade opportunities, free market access and duty concessions to enhance Pakistan’s trade and so the National GDP.
Earlier, President KCCI welcomed the Chief Guest of the seminar Yaver Khan, Chief, Corporate and I.T. Procurement Section, United Nations Procurement Division (UNPD) and his colleague Robyn Tsun-Smith, Procurement Officer UNPD and expressed compliments, to United Nations’ Team and appreciated UN’s peacekeeping, political, specialized and economic missions rendering their services around the globe. He apprised the Chief UNPD about the vital role of KCCI for promotion of trade and business activities inPakistanand abroad. He said that KCCI was gone international and formed Pak-Afghan Joint Chamber and Bombay-Karachi Joint Chamber while efforts were underway to form joint chambers withPrague,Cairo, Tehran & UAE. He said that it was second joint seminar of KCCI & UNPD to facilitate member and Pakistani vendors for registration. He also conveyed gratitude to the Ambassador and Permanent Representative-Pakistan Mission to the United Nations Abdullah Hussain Haroon for his recommendations to conduct this seminar by KCCI.
President KCCI voiced that the business obtained by Pakistani companies in the UN is much less than their actual potential and procurement business ofPakistanwith the UN could be increased with regular outreach to our business community and registration of efficient and reputable Pakistani business concerns with the UN procurement Division. As far as trade potential ofPakistanis concerned, he stated thatPakistancan export high quality diversified products. He also urged that the existing number of Pakistani vendors should be enhanced particularly with regards to UN supplies toAfghanistan, and to peacekeeping, political and specialized economic missions in Asia and Africa becausePakistanis very much ideal place to ship the goods out of here as compared to other countries. More importantly,Pakistanhaving border links withAfghanistanwe can save shipping costs as well, he maintained. He said that the presentations and guidelines for registration of companies with UNPD will be uploaded at KCCI’s website to facilitate its members.
Chief Guest of the seminar Yaver Khan, Chief, Corporate and I.T. Procurement Section, United Nations Procurement Division (UNPD) expressed gratitude to President KCCI for organizing the seminar on the request of UNPD. In his presentation he enlightened that the UN Procurement Division conducts procurement for the UN Headquarters inNew York, for peacekeeping, political missions, tribunals and commissions functioning in the countries all over the world. He informed that the UN system procured goods and services worth US$ 3.174 billion in 2011 out of which 8.6 million procurements made out ofPakistan. Currently many Pakistani companies are fully registered with the United Nations Procurement Division, however, more companies should register to capture more share fromPakistan. He elaborated about the working of UN-Procurement Division and informed that UNPD procures goods and services for UN organizational entities viz. fund programmes (UNDP, UNICEF, WFP etc), specialized agencies (WHO, FAO etc), and UN Headquarters/ Secretariat. He appreciated the facilitation of KCCI to invite Pakistani companies/ KCCI members, to register in UNPD, while qualifying requirements of financially stable and ISO certified and able to meet the procurement requirements. He said that UNPD procurements of goods is focused in the sectors of air transportation services, chemical & petroleum products, food rations & catering, prefabricated buildings, motor vehicles, parts & transportation equipment, electronic data processing equipment & maintenance, telecommunications equipment & services, architecture, engineering & construction services, freight forwarding & delivery, air conditioning, heating & plumbing, building management & maintenance, security & safety equipment and services etc. He stated that the mandatory registration of vendors with UN is absolutely free but subject to compliance of UN’s requirement. The registered companies may also avail the automatic email alerts facility about tenders with an annual subscription fee of $250. He also gave overview about United Nations procurement system, UN Global Impact and the hierarchy of United Nations.
Robyn Tsun-Smith, Procurement Officer UNPD in her presentation highlighted guidelines about online registration of vendors. Vice President KCCI Zia Ahmed Khan, Managing Committee Members and many members of KCCI also participated in the seminar. President KCCI also presented mementos to the UNPD officials.