LAHORE - Dutch senior experts are ready to help Pak businesses cope with capacity and production-related challenges as economy of this resource-rich country is in shambles only because on non-availability of up-to-date information.

This was stated by Senior Dutch Expert Sjaak Vink, PUM Country Coordinator for Pakistan and Afghanistan, while talking to LCCI President Irfan Qaiser Sheikh on Saturday. LCCI Senior Vice President Kashif Younis Meher, Executive Committee Members Shoaib Zahid Malik, Rehman Aziz Chan, Fahimur Rehman Saigol, Ch Wajid Ali and Waqar Ahmad Mian also spoke on the occasion.

Sjaak Vink, who was heading a three-member comprising PUM local representative Asim Qadri and Rizwan Razi, said that PUM Netherlands is a non-profit organisation, which has been advising businesses in developing countries and emerging markets for over thirty years. He said that the PUM links these businesses, at their own request, to Dutch professionals who voluntarily devote their considerable experience to creating a better world. He said that the PUM promotes entrepreneurship, self-sufficiency and the sustainable development of small and medium-sized enterprise locally.

The Dutch expert said that by allowing these professionals to execute short-term, solid consultancy projects on the workfloor, businesses can establish sufficient knowledge to develop into a growth engine for the local economy.

This benefits both employment and the sustainable economic development of the region. He said that the PUM has a network comprising some 3,200 volunteers, which executes over 2,000 projects worldwide on an annual basis.

Speaking on the occasion, the LCCI President Irfan Qaiser Sheikh said that businesses in Pakistan are facing multiple internal and external challenges and it is a good omen for the country that senior experts from the Netherlands have shown their interest to extend cooperation. He said that the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry would extend every possible cooperation to the Dutch senior experts on their arrival in Pakistan.

Irfan Qaiser Sheikh said that Pakistan’s industry is facing a serious knowledge gap and that could be fulfilled with the help of Dutch Senior Experts, who can impart training to trainers in Pakistan.

The LCCI President said that sector specific experts could do a lot for the revival of Pak economy as a self-sufficient business sector is beneficial to both the development of any country and that of the global economy.