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Mr. Ibrahim Qureshi organized one day conferece on "Impact of Violent Violent Extremism on Pakistan's Economy and Potential Private Sector Solutions"
APBF organized one day conference titled “Impact of Violent extremism on Pakistan’s Economy & Potential Private Sector “at PC hotel Lahore on September 8, 2016.APBF aimed to find answers to following questions,
1.How violent extremism affects business community at levels (Corporate, Small & Medium Enterprises?
2.How this menace penetrates into business community? And how effectively extremism financing can be targeted while strengthening the role of business community?
3.To what extent government systems support business community in countering extremist actions?
4.What synergies could be blossomed out of the interactive working sessions?
Mr. Ibrahim Qureshi, CEO ITC, hosted the event. He also moderated all the three sessions of the conference. Conference concept note was also presented by CEO ITC, Mr. Ibrahim Qureshi. He explained that since business community is one of the major contributors towards economic development and has been the worst affected by violent extremism, remedial activities must be explored and implemented to support business community. Governor of Punjab Malik Rafique Ahmad Rajwana was the Chief Guest of the conference. The conference was attended by all stakeholders like representatives of National and Regional Chambers of Commerce, Anjuman-e-Tajran, Local Market Associations, representatives of Law enforcement. According to Mr. Ibrahim Qureshi by discussing the issue of violent extremism and its effects on the business sector, the stakeholders can suggest viable solutions to develop a roadmap and a perpetual mechanism to ensure safer and progressive business operations in Pakistan.
Chief guest Governor Punjab in his address appreciated the effort of APBF for boldly taking up the step to address issue of violent extremism. He said: “Despite the fact that Pakistan was facing extremism, energy crisis and other serious challenges, the economic indicators were encouraging and foreign exchange reserves have reached record level of US $23 billion,” He further added the business communities of Pakistan are truly brave and patriotic people who despite of all problems are still playing their role towards the betterment of Pakistan.