History  Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI) is the premier chamber of the country, representing the mainstream of economic activities by virtue of its location in the main industrial and commercial hub of the country. It was formed in 1959 through the amalgamation of four trade bodies in Karachi at that time, namely, the Pakistan Merchants’ Association, Buyers and Shippers’ Chamber, Chamber of Commerce Pakistan and All Pakistan Chamber of Commerce & Industry. It was registered under the Trade Organization Ordinance 1961, which regulates the working of the Trade Bodies in the country.
The building of KCCI also has historical significance as its foundation was laid by Mahatma Gandhi on Jul 8, 1934; the building’s name was Karachi Indian Merchant’s Association then.
Composition KCCI is affiliated with the Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) and has two classes of membership, namely, general members and Town Associations. At present, Karachi Chamber has around 22,000 direct members both industrialists and traders. Seven Industrial Town Associations affiliated with KCCI as their parent body, namely, S.I.T.E. Association of Industry, Landhi Association of Trade & Industry, Korangi Association of Trade & Industry, Federal 'B' Area Association of Trade & Industry, North Karachi Association of Trade & Industry, S.I.T.E. Superhighway Association of Industry, Bin Qasim Association of Trade & Industry. Thus, the Chamber's effective membership comes to over 55,000 while around 500,000 plus taxpayers also fall under KCCI's ambit through its member firms.
It represents the Business and Industrial Community in the city of Karachi, contributing more than 65% revenue to the national exchequer and a city of more than 22 million dwellers. It is the largest Chamber of Pakistan and the Sub-Continent. It is also considered to be among the Top 10 largest Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the world in terms of its membership base. KCCI has been successfully managed by the elected members that belong to the Businessmen Group (BMG).
History of Businessmen Group (BMG) The BMG was established in 1998 with a sole motto of public service. Since its inception, BMG has not compromised on its manifesto for the genuine/legal rights of the Business and Industrial Community and remains committed to project and promote them. BMG is serving under the Chairmanship of Mr. Siraj Kassam Teli (Sitara-e-Imtiaz), Leader of Business and Industrial Community, Former President KCCI and immensely experienced industrialist. Mr. Tahir Khaliq, Mr. Muhammad Zubair Motiwala, Mr. Haroon Farooki, Mr. Anjum Nisar, who have also held the position of the former presidents of KCCI, are rendering their services as Vice Chairmen of BMG, while Mr. A. Q. Khalil holds the position of General Secretary of BMG. Together, they are working diligently towards the common objective of promoting trade and industry.
BMG has been winning all the elections on the managing committee positions of KCCI without losing a single seat since 1998-99, while 12 elections have been won by BMG unopposed, which is an acknowledgement of the public service by the BMG and a testament of the Business and Industrial Community’s confidence. Moreover, the KCCI ‘s Annual Elections 2018-19 held on Sept. 15, 2018, were marked with highest voters’ turnout, in which BMG’s candidates defeated their opponents with double the margin and secured all the seats. BMG’s lead winning candidate managed to secure the highest 3404 votes while the top performer of the opponent group obtained just 1760 votes.
Slogan: “We want TRADE not AID”
Management The organization's policies and programs are determined by 40 members of Managing Committee (MC) which include 30 elected MC Members, 7 reserved seat for the representatives of Town Associations, 2 reserved seats for women entrepreneurs and an Ex-officio Member.(Cont..)    PAGE 2.
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