KARACHI - The shareholders of two wholesale companies Metro Cash & Carry Pakistan (Private) Limited (MCCP) and Makro-Habib Pakistan Limited (MHPL) have successfully combined their businesses in Pakistan.After announcing plan to merge in June 2011, the merger is now complete with the approval of the Pakistani anti-trust & corporate authority, regulatory and other approvals and the sanction of the Court. According to the statement the merged entity to signify the spirit of partnership will now be known as Metro–Habib Cash & Carry (Pvt) Limited and together will operate its 9 wholesale centres in four major cities.“With the merger of businesses we are able to combine our resources to gain the financial strength to lead and grow in a challenging environment and to create synergies targeted to generate value for customers and suppliers alike”, emphasises David Boner, Managing Director, Metro-Habib Cash & Carry. With its combined strength the company will be better able to provide a comprehensive product range at good quality and competitive prices all under one roof for professional customers’, small businesses like restaurants or retailers, aiming at providing them with a competitive edge, he added.  While growing its business, Metro–Habib Cash & Carry will also enlarge its win-win relationships with its suppliers by working closely with them. Metro–Habib Cash & Carry has a comprehensive database of large, medium and small suppliers in the domains of food and non-food articles. In this regard Metro–Habib Cash & Carry regularly conducts trainings   to develop its suppliers as per international standards.Metro strongly believes in strengthening the local economy in countries it operates in and procures more than 90 percent of goods sold from local suppliers. The company also reaches out to local farmers and producers by providing them with customised training programmes. Already 56 companies underwent the training programmes in Pakistan through its sister concern ‘Star Farm” and enabled farmers to develop 20 traceable food products from Pakistan to promote Pakistani products for export.