Amir Paracha, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Unilever Pakistan Limited, has assumed the 2023 presidency of the Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OICCI).
This was declared on February 28, 2023, at the 163rd Annual General Meeting of the OICCI, which was held at the Chamber. As Vice President, Mr. Rehan Muhammad Shaikh, Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bank (Pakistan) Limited, was elected.
The remaining OICCI Management Committee members for 2023 are as follows:
- Umar Ahsan Khan of Dawlance (Private) Limited
- Kamran Ataullah Khan of Dupont Pakistan Operations (Private) Limited
- Najeeb Ahmad of Hitachi Energy Pakistan (Private) Limited
- Ali Asghar Jamali of Indus Motor Company Limited
- Waqar Irshad Siddiqui of Shell Pakistan Limited
- Erum Shakir Rahim of GlaxoSmithKline Pakistan Limited
- Syed Anis Ahmed of Abbott Laboratories (Pakistan) Limited
- Ahmed Zahid Zaheer of Chevron Pakistan Lubricants (Private) Limited
In his speech to the members, incoming OICCI President Amir Paracha stated, “Pakistan’s multifaceted challenges are clear to all of us, and now is the moment for leaders from all sectors to join as a force for good and guide Pakistan back to a growth trajectory. Foreign investment is the major means by which developing nations, such as Pakistan, can get access to innovative technologies and expanded market opportunities, resulting in a rise in human capital. Supported by predictable, consistent, and transparent policy frameworks, these elements are crucial to Pakistan’s ability to reach a better economic trajectory. There are numerous instances in the region of economies with comparable obstacles achieving significant economic growth primarily through the promotion of FDI. For robust, sustainable socioeconomic growth, technological innovation is essential.
In July of 1996, Amir Paracha began his work at the Royal Dutch Shell Oil Corporation. In 2000, he joined Unilever Pakistan, where he currently oversees numerous categories in Pakistan and the GCC cluster. Before becoming Chairman and CEO in 2020, he oversaw the Home and Personal Care Division as well as Consumer Development. MBA from the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi, Amir serves on the Boards of Endeavor Pakistan, Karachi Vocational Training Centre, and the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI).