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Prior to the year 1994 industrialist and traders were enrolled as members by Sarhad Chamber of Commerce & Industry Peshawar. The idea to have a separate chamber for district Mardan was given by one of the prominent industrialist namely Haji Naseem Ur Rehman Chief of Saleem Group of Industries. He joined hands with well known traders of Mardan and this job was entrusted to one Haji Sultan Mohammad Mohmand one of a trader having arms and ammunition business and his associates. The feasibility report was prepared by Mr. Fazal Muhammad Secretary General holding a Master Degree in Economics and Statistics as well as having rich experience of over 45 years in banking and industry. This feasibility report was submitted to the Ministry of Commerce, Government of Pakistan while Shaheed Muhtarma Benazir Butho was the Prime Minister of Pakistan. Although the feasibility report was approved by the Ministry Concerned but for political reasons, the the-then minister of commerce was reluctant to issue a license for the establishment of this chamber. However the PPP Government was toppled by the the then President late Mr. Farooq Ahmad Khan Laghari and a caretaker government took over the control of the country. Dr. Muhammad Zubair Khan a caretaker Minister for Commerce, in fact, issued a license for the establishment of this chamber. Accordingly the chamber after completion of all legal formalities was formally inaugurated January 21, 1997 in a rented building. All the initial expenses were being met by a prominent group known as Saleem Group of Industries. At the outset more than 600 members belonging to Associate Group were enrolled as members apart from industries. Haji Sultan Mohammad Mohmand was elected as its first president. He made sincere endeavors in the formation stage of this chamber. However certain differences develop between the two groups which retarded its growth. Going through all these crises, the chamber was able to establish its links with all embassies and chambers throughout the country. Despite the challenges and financial constrains, the management of the chamber and sincere efforts of the staff members made considerable progress to achieve the objects of promotion of trade and commerce. Recognizing the efforts of the chamber and its importance the Honorable Chief Minister Mr. Ameer Haider Khan Hoti not only donated a valuable piece of land but also granted a financial aid for the construction of five stories building at a prominent place. This building is now in its final stage. It will be a major source of income of the chamber.








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