LAHORE: Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal has urged Pakistani diaspora to share their experiences as IT professionals and entrepreneurs and invest to put the country on the road to progress.
The private sector should lead the growth on the economic front as the public sector had meager resources and the PML-N government’s economic philosophy believed in the contribution of the private sector, he said while chairing a meeting of the IT professionals and entrepreneurs from the US at the Arfa Information Technology Park (AITP) here Tuesday.
The Federal Minister said that the new government was moving in the right direction and the grant of GSP Plus status to Pakistan by the European Union (EU) was a diplomatic as well as economic success of the present government.
The minister said that the world has felt the democratic change in the country and is ready to help Pakistan in achieving stability.
Responding to a question the minister said that political instability and weak institutions forced the investors to shy away from investment in the past but the things are different today. He said that the year 2013 was important as it witnessed smooth transfer of power in the important five offices including Speaker National Assembly, the Prime Minister, the President, the Chief of the Army Staff and the Chief Justice of Pakistan which are reflective of political maturity the country has gained over the year.
To another query, he said that all these US entrepreneurs of Pakistani origin have come with an aim to play their role in the development of the country.
Ahsan Iqbal said the PML-N government believed in transparency and merit, adding that efforts were underway to achieve economic stability. He said that the IT industry has performed very well over the past three years adding that the country has earned a revenue of over two billion dollars and some 1800 IT companies are working at present in the country.
Earlier, Federal Minister Ahsan Iqbal introduced the visiting US based IT professionals and entrepreneurs from the Silicon Valley to the media men including Idress Katahari of the OPEN, Mauzam Chaudhary from Orcale, Junaid Qureshi, Arshad Qazi, Muhammad Irfan, Nargis Bokhari, and Mubashir Hameed.
The Pakistani expatriates expressed their commitment to contribute in the growth of the IT sector and economic progress of Pakistan.