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Government asks Trade Bodies to cooperate for engaging BISP beneficiaries in labor market January 07, 2016
Meeting outside ICCI
 
Ms. Marvi Memom, Chairperson, Benazir Income Support Program has said that the cooperation of Chambers of Commerce & Industries and Employer Associations was of paramount importance to engage BISP beneficiaries in domestic labor market. She said this while exchanging views with Sheikh Pervez Ahmed Senior Vice President and Sheikh Abdul Waheed Vice President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry during a meeting in her office.
 
She said that BISP was a social safety net taking care of around 5.1 million beneficiaries worst hit by the high inflation and government was exploring different opportunities for the placement of BISP beneficiaries in domestic labor market for which cooperation of trade bodies was crucial. She said ICCI cooperation could play an important role in coordinating with BISP for placement/training of BISP beneficiaries through Corporate Social Responsibility projects. She said she would soon visit ICCI to brief its members about further detail of this program. 
 
Speaking at the occasion, Sheikh Pervez Ahmed Senior Vice President and Sheikh Abdul Waheed Vice President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry appreciated this proposal. They said it would enable the BISP beneficiaries to engage in productive activities and earn a decent living. They said government should ensure complete transparency in BISP so that genuine and deserving people could take benefit of this important social safety net program. 
 
They assured that Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry would cooperate with the government in its efforts for placement/training of BISP beneficiaries so that they could be absorbed in the labor market and thus play positive role in the economic development of the country apart from uplifting their own living standards. He said this initiative was also in the interest of business community as the improvement in purchasing power of BISP beneficiaries would help in promoting business activities.