The President and CEO of National Bank Pakistan (NBP) Mr. Saeed Ahmad visited the Gwadar region to assess prospects for NBP to play an active role for participation in business opportunities and to strategically focus on business development activities in the light of China Pakistan Economic Corridor. He met leading businessmen and addressed the members of the Chamber of Commerce, Gwadar. The CEO said that Gwadar is emerging to play an important role in the economic future of the country and holds a vital position in the region.
He also had a Town Hall meeting in which all the branch managers in the region and other senior local executives took part. This was the first ever visit of any President of NBP to this region, which was warmly welcomed by business community and staff. The President and CEO NBP emphasized that the NBP employees in the Gwadar region must work on the eradication of hurdles in the way of the provision of loans to fishermen, agriculture and others. He also added that the exports of the country can be increased hence increasing foreign reserves if fishing facilities are upgraded and financing is provided to the fishing community, date farms and other sectors.
NBP has special emphasis on the Prime Minister Youth Business Loan Scheme in Gwadar. This will enable the under privileged and the unemployed youth of Gwadar to benefit in up scaling their economic standings. NBP intends to play a significant role in the development of this locality. The President said that the competent and deserving candidates residing in Gwadar will be offered preference for employment opportunities with National Bank of Pakistan to serve in the region.
“The problems of the employees will be catered to and all the decisions will be made on the basis of competence and performance. It is our mission to promote Prime Minister Youth Business Loan Scheme and Islamic banking in Gwadar. We are making all the efforts to assist all branches of National Bank in playing an active role in the achievement of this goal,” Mr. Saeed Ahmad, President and CEO, NBP said to the employees at Town Hall meeting.
Mr. Saeed Ahmad, the President and CEO, urged the Gwadar Chamber of Commerce senior executives to make and submit some proper feasibility studies for receiving financing via NBP, National Bank of Pakistan is keen to play its due role in assisting Gwadar to achieve its maximum economic potential.
“I wish to see Gwadar progress. The development authorities with the security cover provided by the law enforcement agencies and armed forces of Pakistan are working day and night to help augment the development of the city. Gwadar can play a significant role in increasing the economic prosperity of the country and we wish to play a prominent role in the development of CPEC,” he added in the meeting with Chamber Of Commerce.
The President of the Chamber of Commerce of Gwadar Faisal Jamal Dashti and other officials including Major Rtd. Azizullah attended the event and appreciated the efforts made by NBP. They provided suggestions to solve the problems faced by the people. In this regard, Mr. Saeed Ahmad, the President and CEO NBP said that the development of Gwadar is among his top priorities. He said that the suggestions provided by the chamber of commerce will be considered at a strategic level and will be made a part of the NBP’s vision for Gwadar.
The Group Chiefs of NBP Zahid Mehmood Chaudhry, Aasim Akhter, Mohsin Furqan and the Regional Head of Gwadar Muhammad Sultan Jaffer were also present at the occasion.