Empowerment of Business Community

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 Desc Date View pdf
Agreement on restructuring the Jammu and Kashmir Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry - Istanbul 28 Nov 2011 Click Here
J&K JCCI Statement of Agreement - Kuala Lumpur 22-23 Jan 2014 Click Here
Meeting on intra-Kashmir trade and confidence-building measures, Joint Statement - Dubai 16-19 Dec 2015 Click Here

Reports View pdf
Information Sheet about Cross-LoC Trade from Azad Jammu and Kashmir Click Here

Bartering peace in Kashmir

7 Dec 2017 | Ameya Kilara, Contributor
A barter trade connecting people across Kashmir’s “Berlin Wall” is perilously close to being shut down. In October, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson landed in South Asia on the ninth anniversary of a rare “Berlin Wall moment” in Kashmir. In October 2008, Indian and Pakistani leaders opened up the heavily-guarded Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir for small-scale, barter trade.

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Survey on CROSS-LoC trade Launched in Muzaffarabad

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).

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JK JCCI’s Joint Press Conference in Mirpur

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.

Electing the JKJCCI President

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).

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