BRIEF HISTORY OF BAHAWALPUR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY
The Bahawalpur Chamber of Commerce & Industry was established in October 1986 with the permission of Ministry of Commerce, Government of Pakistan. This Chamber is a major link between the Government and the industrial and business sectors of this area. Bahawalpur Chamber of Commerce is trying its best for the Industrial and trade development of Bahawalpur and promoting exports.
The jurisdiction of Bahawalpur Chamber of Commerce & Industry is Bahawalpur and Bahawal Nagar Districts of Bahawalpur Division. There are total 929 members consisting of Corporate and Associate classes.
All members of the Chamber are known as General Body and after every year the General Body elects the Executive Committee Members from itself. The annual elections of the Chamber are held before the 30th September. At present the Executive Committee consists of 26 members, 12 from Corporate Class and 12 from Associate Class. Besides that 2 seats are also reserved for Women entrepreneurs/members. Immediate Past President is considered as a member of the executive committee without voting right. The Executive Committee elects a President and a Vice President among itself representing Corporate and Associate Classes. The Executive Committee conducts and manages all the business affairs of the Chamber. The tenure of every executive member is for 2 years while the term of the president and Vice President is one year. Every Chamber appoints a Secretary General as an In-charge of the Chamber’s Secretariat and official correspondence / affairs etc.
The Bahawalpur Chamber has constituted fourteen Standing Committees regarding different affairs to collect suggestions / proposals from its members and make necessary recommendations about the suggestions .
The Office of the Bahawalpur Chamber of Commerce is located at Karachi by Pass (National Highway), Bahawalpur, consisting of four Kanals land purchased by the members while the Punjab Government had released a grant for its building.