Govt taking steps to end energy crisis: Ahsan Iqbal

SIALKOT: Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Prof Ashan Iqbal said on Saturday the government was making strenuous efforts to end the energy crisis on top priority.

Talking to Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) President Dr Sarfraz Bashir and exporters at the chamber, he said the energy crisis would be resolved in three years and the government was utilizing all resources and channels for it.

The business community of Sialkot should come forward and play its role in doubling the export volume of the city, he said.

The Federal Minister said the business community should focus on marketing and introducing products in traditional and untraditional markets and effective marketing was vital for capturing markets.

The business community should also concentrate on searching new venues not only for earning foreign exchange but also for introducing their products, he said.

The minister said that numerous steps had already been taken for stabilizing the national economy. “Efforts are being made to enhance exports to $150 billion by 2025 and in this regard short and long term policies are being made for it,” he added.

Later, addressing the Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI), the minister said that Pakistan would become a big exporting country with effective policies and active cooperation of the business community of the country.

The minister said some political elements were engaged in a blame game to create chaos in the country. “It is unfortunate that some political elements are playing a blame game to disturb the economic momentum of the country,” he added.

Earlier, President SCCI Dr. Sarfraz Bashir presented the address of welcome and thanked the minister for approval of Rs150 million for the completion of Sialkot Business and Commerce Centre.