Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) in collaboration with Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) organized a training program on Public Policy Advocacy to educate the business community on how to make effective policy advocacy on issues of their interest for getting the better attention of the government. Hammad Siddiqui, Acting Country Director CIPE and Ali Salman, Executive Director, PRIME Institute were the key speakers at the occasion.
The purpose of the program was to build the advocacy capacity of the business community on how to debate regarding implementation of government’s economic agenda and how they could be more effective in claiming better policy space. The event presented both theory and practice of public policy advocacy and shared advocacy case studies with the participants.
Speaking at the occasion, Hammad Siddiqui, Acting Country Director CIPE and Ali Salman, Executive Director, PRIME Institute said that from the perspective of trade bodies and business associations, public policy advocacy was geared towards creating a conducive business environment for their members. They said one of the major reasons of trade bodies not getting better space in government policies was that their advocacy efforts were not supported by rational facts. They stressed that trade bodies should focus on research-based and evidence-based advocacy efforts in order to influence the decision-makers to make decisions that should better protect the interests of business community. Independent research, networking, lobbying, helping and influencing were highlighted as the key tools of strong policy advocacy.
Atif Ikram Sheikh, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry thanked CIPE for collaborating with ICCI in organizing an important training program on public policy advocacy. He said such training programs should be organized in all major chambers of commerce and business associations of the country to educate businessmen on how to make effective advocacy efforts for achieving desired results. He hoped that this training program would help ICCI in making result-oriented advocacy efforts that would contribute positively towards creating an enabling environment for growth of business activities.