LAHORE: Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal has said the government is going to finalise the 11th five-year development plan under the Pakistan Vision 2025 to put the country on an economic path by the end of this year after thorough consultation.
He was addressing at the Provincial Consultative Workshop on Pakistan Vision 2025 and the 11th five-year plan 2013-18 jointly organized by the Punjab Planning and Development Department and Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms Division held at Punjab Civil Secretariat here on Friday.
The minister said the aim of the Pakistan vision was to prepare a road map with the national consensus for development in all sectors of economy. “No country can prosper unless it has continuity in its policies and has an ability to adjust itself with global changes and information revolution”, he added.
He advised the Punjab government to prepare a good roadmap for development to judge the level of planning in all development sectors.
He said in wake of the 18th amendment and the 7th NFC Award, the role of the Punjab as the largest contributory towards economic growth of the country as well as the major stakeholder in this policy initiative was paramount.
Ahsan Iqbal stressed the role of private sector, academia and civil society in accomplishing the task with the government’s role as a facilitator.
He said in the light of their recommendations, the government would finalize the 11th five-year development plan and long-term 2025 vision by the end of December 2013.
Earlier, Punjab Chairman P&D Muhammad Irfan Elahi, in his welcome address, said importance of Punjab in the progress of the country was no secret.
He said provincial consultative workshop would focus on seven major themes, including energy security, self-reliance, inclusive and sustainable growth, human and social capital, value addition and competitivenes in productive sector, modernization of infrastructure and regional connectivity, SMEs and private sector Led Growth and Security, institutional reforms and democratic governance.
Federal Secretary P&D Hassan Nawaz Tarar, Dr. Ejaz Nabi, Professor of Economic & Dean LUMS, Dr. Ayesha Ghaus Pasha, Director IPP Beacon House University Lahore, and Sohail Lashari President Chamber of Commerce Lahore, also spoke.