Achievements of Reap body
Javed Tar Mohammad
ARTICLE (May 21 2003) : Rice Exporters' Association of Pakistan (RAEP) established in the last years of 80s, now providing umbrella by resolving the major issues at the highest level in the government to all sorts of the rice exporters.
During the tenure of Abdul Rahim Janoo, the association emerged as the most active association of the exporters in the country.
The achievements of Abdul Rahim Janoo as the chairman REAP include abolishment of QRC on Irri, holding of Export Trophy Awards for the first time in RAEP's history, establishment of REAP House in Karachi, increase in export of rice and achievement of rice export target.
To acknowledge the services of the chairman Abdul Rahim Janoo, the managing committee of the REAP held a ceremony in Karachi.
The finance minister Shaukat Aziz was the chief guest while prominent businessmen and traders from all over the country attended the ceremony.
While addressing the ceremony, the finance minister assured the exporters that Government will consider the rice exporter's demand in the next budget for the free import of machinery required for the rice processing mills.
The chairman of REAP Abdul Rahim Janoo in his address stressed the government to concentrate on the rice sector so that it could enter in the billion-dollar export club.
Pakistan's share in the Saudi market has reduced to 11 per cent from 54 per cent due to the absence of parboiled plant in the country, he told.
The REAP having the membership of 1900 is the second largest association of the country and could play vital role to achieve the export target.
However, there is a necessity to facilitate this sector for the BMR, Janoo said.
All the speakers at the function lauded the services of Janoo.
Zahid A Khawaja, a leading rice exporter from Punjab and member managing committee of REAP in his welcome address while applauded the services of Janoo said that the era of Janoo will be remembered for many things but specially for holding the 1st export trophy award that provided so much encouragement.
Exports actually increased despite the adverse conditions after the incident of 9/11, he mentioned.
Akber Hashwani, a prominent rice exporter and member managing committee REAP in his address said that there is a dearth of ware housing in the port city to facilitate the rice exports. He paid the rich tributes to Janoo and assured his full co-operation to him.
Majid Aziz, former chairman of SITE Association of Industry said that during the last three years, foundations for the economy have been built.
He said that Janoo did well for the community of rice traders as well as the business community.
Riaz Ahmed Tata, president of Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI), S M Muneer, former president of FPCCI, Gada Hussain Mahessar, president of Sindh Balochistan Rice Millers Association, Raess Ashraf Tar Mohammed also spoke at the occasion the paid the rich tributes to the services of Janoo.