Pakistan Industrial and Traders Associations Front(PIAF) was established in 1995 by a group of dedicated businessmen representing various industrial and trade associations with the sole objective of keeping the country’s flag high.
Since its very inception, the PIAF has proved itself an effective voice of the business community. It’s all former Chairmen including Mian Shafqat Ali, Mian Anjum Nisar, Sheikh Muhammad Arshad, Muhammad Ali Mian, Mian Abuzar Shad, Irfan Qaiser Sheikh, Engineer Sohail Lashari and incumbent Chairman Tahir Javed Malikare not only highly respected business leaders butt are also experts in their respective areas of business.The PIAF has always tried that the trade and industry in Pakistan should be given the same level playing field what is being provided in our region especially in India and Bangladesh for markup rates, electricity and gas prices. Al present, industrial power tariff in Pakistan is almost the highest in our region as compared to India, Bangaldesh and Sri Lanka.
Pakistan Industrial and Traders Associations Fronthas made it clear to the government time and again that it would have to concentrate on building water reservoirs including Kalabagh Dam to overcome the electricity shortage and to ensure cheaper electricity to masses in general and the trade and industry in particular. It has also called for power generation through coal means as the country owns 185 billion tons of coal reserves.
On the gas shortage it has urged the government to inculcate nationalism in its rank and files and reject all external pressures to complete Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline at the earliest. But it is very unfortunate that the PIAF repeated appeals fell on deaf ears with the result the country today is fighting for its survival.
PIAF has very strongly emphasized the Governemnt that the mark up rates in Pakistan should reduced to single digit by reducing the “Banking Spread ” which is almost the highest in the world. At present the banking spread in Pakistan is at 7.5%, in Bangladesh it is at 14.5%, ant in Sri Lanka is 16%. PIAF has strongly proposed that tax based is to be broadened by bringing new sectors in the tax net and income is to be taxed whether the income is generated through Agriculture, Services, Private Hospital, Clinics, Restaurants, Parlours, Marriage Halls, Bakeries and Consultants.
The PIAF leadership has always been of the opinion that the strengthening of institutions and policies based on consultations with stakeholders is the only way out to ongoing crises and everybody should play his role in this regard. Therefore, the PIAF office – bears and the Executive Committee Members are actively playing their role for an enabling business environment in the country.
To raise business community voice effectively and efficiently without any discrimination and with a strong commitment to promote and help our members business, leading to the ultimate economic growth and prosperity of our beloved country.
We aim to facilitate our members to succeed through a proactive working partnership with businessmen, traders and all levels of government as well as community organizations.
As per charter and by-laws, objectives of our Association are;
To ensure friendly-feeling and unanimity amongst the businessmen on all subjects.
To promote and protect the trade and industry of Pakistan.
To collect and circulate statistics & information classify relating to the trade, commerce and manufacturing of its members.
To take all steps which may be necessary for promoting, supporting or opposing legislative and other measures affecting the trade sectors of our members.
To make representation to local, provincial and central authorities on any matter relevant to our members.
To participate actively in the development of public policy; as it affects economic growth and development for the country.
To effectively express the views of the business community at appropriate levels and forums of the government.
To promote private enterprises, business excellence, and encourage individual as well as collective achievements.
Our Vision & History
The PIAF is an independent, non-political membership-based and non-profit organization with a clear mandate to lead and serve the business community of this land of opportunities.
Our Vision is to improve the business environment and economic well-being of Pakistan, providing value to our members to be relevant voice of the business community.
PIAF has been striving to offer unique and commendable services to the private sector of Pakistan as well as to the reputable investors from across the world. We are committed to help them every step towards achieving their goals taking their visions to the next level.