Sialkot Business and Commerce Centre is a joint project of Sialkot Chamber and SMEDA, with cost estimate of Rs. 341.67 million. Chamber has contributed Rs. 170 (M) in the shape of plot for building the Centre and Rs. 20 (M) for civil works, while balance amount of Rs. 171.67 (M) is being provided by the Federal Government. The multistoried building would serve as Display and Convention Centre, and other commercial activities.
Sialkot has been the leading player in the world football market over the past many years. However, this crucial advantage has come under serious threat due to the emergence of mechanized ball technology, which is capturing the export market quickly. To proactively handle this and such other issues in the future, the Sialkot Chamber joined hands with SMEDA to set up the project of Sports Industry Development Centre, with cost of Rs. 272 (M). Adoption to the new technology will enable Sialkot to maintain its prominent position in the football exports. Funding for the project is being provided by the Federal Government.
In a unique move, Sialkot City Package Programme was initiated in 1999 by the Sialkot Chamber in collaboration with the all trade bodies in Sialkot. It was based on the principle of matching grant by the Federal and Punjab Governments with 1:1 and 1:3, respectively. Under the Programme the exporters of Sialkot voluntarily contributed 0.25% against their export invoices for improvement of road infrastructure in the city. An amount of Rs.210M was collected in the first phase. Under the scheme, Kashmir Road, Defense Road, Shahabpura Road, Hajipura Road, Circular Road, and Paris Road were constructed. This better road infrastructure was achieved under Sialkot City Package accomplished on Self-help basis by the business community.
Country’s second Export Processing Zone has been set up at Sambrial, Sialkot on 238 acres with a huge investment of Rs. 184 (M), generated through the private entrepreneurs, which will open a new era of Industrial revolution and foreign investment in the region.
In order to overcome the threat of environmental pollution being created by the scattered tanneries in and around Sialkot, the Chamber has initiated the project of Sialkot Tannery Zone. The Government has issued notification under Section 4 of land acquisition Act 1894 for acquisition of 384 Acres at Khambran Wala at Kuluwal Road for the establishment of Tannery Zone. For the completion of the Project in private sector, a non-profit organization by the name of The Sialkot Tannery Association (Guarantee) Ltd. has been formed. The Company invited applications from prospective buyers for submission of 25% share of the total cost of land. The amount has been transferred to the Local Government account under relevant Head for the acquisition of land. The development process is expected to start very soon. Fitted with a modern affluent treatment plant, all the tanneries are being asked to shift to this zone.
Sialkot International Airport is a mega project in Private Sector, first of its kind in South Asia. In order to meet the demand of buyers and exporters, the energetic and highly motivated business community of Sialkot signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Ministry of Defense through Civil Aviation Authority in 2003. The promoters from private sector were invited to join the mega project and a public limited company namely Sialkot International Airport Ltd (SIAL) was formed and registered. The Airport will speed up the transportation of export cargo by air and would facilitate a two way travel of businessmen and overseas Pakistanis of this region.For
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Sialkot Dry Port Trust was established in the private sector in 1984 by 52 reputed exporters / businessmen of Sialkot. They have earned the unique honour of being the pioneers for establishing the first ever Dry Port in Asia in the private sector. The main aim of this Dry Port was to provide the facility of Customs Clearance to the exporters and importers of this region at their door step.
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In March 1976, an international Seerat Conference was held at Karachi in which reputed Ulema and religious scholars of the Muslim World participated. The conference unanimously adopted to establish an Academic forum of International level for the study and research on the life (Seerat-e-Tayyaba) of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W). The decision was formally approved by the participants of International Seerat Conference Islamabad in November 1985 and the forum was named Seerat Study Centre. The Sialkot Chamber took the initiative and established the Seerat Study Centre in Sialkot. This forum is located on Ghazi Road, Sialkot Cantt.
Under the Umbrella of Sialkot Chamber of Commerce & Industry, the business community of Sialkot is doing remarkable work towards development of the city and welfare of the people through self help basis culture. The business community especial the exporters of Sialkot have initiated and completed projects of public welfare and common interests such as Sialkot Dry Port Trust, Sialkot City Package, Sialkot International Airport, Child Labour Elimination Programme in Soccer Ball Industry, Sialkot Export Processing Zone, Quality Certification Programme, Sialkot Business and Commerce Centre, Sialkot Industrial Development Centre, Sialkot Tanneries Zone, etc. and Khud Kifalat Rozgar Trust Sialkot is also one of these.
Khud Kafalat Rozgar Trust, Sialkot is the brain child of Sialkot Chamber. Dr. Khurram Anwar Khawaja floated the idea in the year 2008. It gained strength from AKHUWAT and was registered on 30th June,2010 under Societies Registration Act 1860.
The Trust provides Qarz-e-Hasna (interest free loan) to the deserving persons without discrimination of color, caste and gender enabling them to become self employed by starting or enhancing their small businesses.
1. Providing interest free micro-credit
2. Qarz-e-Hasna to be disbursed and KKRTS meetings to be held in Mosque
3. Volunteerism (Office Bearers of KKRTS worked voluntarily and staff works with missionary zeal.)
Dr. Khurram Anwer Khawaja