SRINAGAR: A delegation of Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KCC&I) led by its president Sheikh Ashiq Ahmad on Friday met Kjell Magne Bondevik, Former Prime Minister of Norway and President of the Oslo Centre for Peace and Human Rights and Ewald Poeran, Managing Director, World Forum for Ethics in Business, here at SKICC.
According to a statement issued here, Sheikh Ashiq informed Bondevik that the unstable situation prevailing in the state is stressful and has worrying impact on the business community.
KCC&I always supported the programmes for peaceful protests in solidarity with the people of Kashmir and every killing, hartal, strike and large scale disturbance demands resolution of Kashmir dispute, Sheikh Ashiq, as per statement, told the delegation.
“As long as there was no structured, meaningful and effective dialogue between leaders of India, Pakistan and genuine representatives of our state, the situation would continue to remain far from normal,” he added.
“KCC&I sought the intervention of Bondevik in supporting the call upon human rights organisations to report events which had breached our tolerance levels and shaken the conscience of the society and bring them to the notice of the world community,” the statement said.
The KCC&I president also discussed the Cross LoC trade and problems it had faced since its inception in the year 2008.
He informed the dignitary that the Cross LoC trade was introduced as a major confidence building measure (CBM) involving all the stakeholders but it could not grow because of the lack of basic economic requirements and restrictions on the number of tradable products.
Ewald Poeran, MD, World Forum for Ethics in Business extended an invitation to the KCC&I delegation for its next conference in the European Parliament which Sheikh Ashiq Ahmad accepted.
The former PM of Norway threw light on the importance of trade and commerce as harbingers of peace and assured the delegation that their organisation would be working in close coordination with the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry for ensuring effective interventions by all stakeholders, the KCC&I statement said.