Empowerment of Business Community
Since its inception, Centre for Peace, Development and Reforms (CPDR) had decided to work with the business community and chambers of commerce and industry in Azad Jammu and Kashmir to generate fresh ideas and bridge the gap between business community and policy-makers in general. In this connection, CPDR decided to support nascent cross Line of Control trade, besides, providing consultancy to the Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) to organize events and meetings with the policy-makers in Islamabad and Muzaffarabad.
|Agreement on restructuring the Jammu and Kashmir Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry - Istanbul
||28 Nov 2011
|J&K JCCI Statement of Agreement - Kuala Lumpur
||22-23 Jan 2014
|Meeting on intra-Kashmir trade and confidence-building measures, Joint Statement - Dubai
||16-19 Dec 2015
Muzaffarabad: 3 May 2012
Marking the 7th anniversary of Cross LoC Bus Service by reflecting back to the April 2005, Centre for Peace Development & Reforms (CPDR) launched its recent publication titled “Peacebuilding and Economic Potential of Cross-LoC Trade” jointly produced by the Indus Research Foundation (IRF) and supported by Conciliation Resources London in Muzaffarabad. Besides, a recently produced documentary titled “A Journey Through River Vitasta” filmed by Mrs. Pawan Bali, journalist from Jammu and Mr. Muhammad Arif Urfi from Muzaffarabad, Azad Jammu and Kashmir was also screened. This is the first documentary film to be shot on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC).
A joint press conference was held in Mirpur-Azad Jammu and Kashmir wherein former president of Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AJK-CCI) Mr. Zulfiqar Abbasi, President of AJK-CCI Dr. M. Akram Chaudhary, President of Bimber Chamber of Commerce and Industry Raja Muhammad Jameel, President of Kotli Chamber of Commerce and Industry Sardar Shahid Mahmood, leaders of Cross LoC Councils Sardar Kashan Masood, Mr. Khurshid Mir and Ijaz Rehmani and Executive Director CPDR Mr. Ershad Mahmud congratulated Dr. Mubeen Shah for assuming the leadership of JKJCCI and assured him full-fledge support and cooperation from AJK side. Mr. Shah also spoke from Srinagar over phone and thanked the business leaders and traders for their consistent support to make JCCI an effective body.
As per sub section [g] of section 4 of Istanbul agreement of November 28, 2011, a meeting of the members of Electoral College (constituted as sub section [e] of section 4 of the same agreement) was held on December 29, 2011 in Srinagar to elect the new president of Jammu and Kashmir Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JJCCI).
In November 2011, Conciliation Resources organised a meeting with presidents and other elected representatives of business Chambers from all regions of erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir in Istanbul, Turkey with the support of Mr. Ershad Mahmud, Executive Director CPDR and Mr. Zafar Choudhary, senior journalist based in Jammu.