ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Friday, terming exports essential for the country’s prosperity, said a strategy would be worked out soon to boost exports.
Chairing a high-level meeting with heads of Chambers of Commerce and Industries and exporters here at the PM Office, the Prime Minister said the strategy would be chalked out in light of the recommendations of the businessmen and exporters.
The meeting was held to deliberate on the measures to increase exports in the challenging environment of global economy, where initiatives to improve quality and competitiveness of Pakistani exports came under discussion.
The Prime Minister said despite insufficient resources, the government was determined to resolving the problems of businessmen and farmers.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif stressed the need for joint efforts at public and private levels to give a boost to the country’s exports.
He regretted that Pakistan did not make any substantial progress in exports during last several years and also lagged behind other countries in the region in this sector.
He said the purpose of the meeting was to brainstorm over the ways to enhance exports.
The Prime Minister said the government was against receiving aid from other countries and stressed that promotion of tax culture could help strengthen the economy.
“If you want to see Pakistan prosperous and self-reliant, give tax and strengthen the State,” he said.
The Prime Minister said the nation must try to learn from mistakes of the past and take Pakistan forward on path of progress and development.
He said transparency had been the hallmark of the government since it came into power. He expressed gratitude to Allah Almighty for the economic turnaround that his government had been able to achieve.
He said major decisions were taken particularly to improve the power sector.
He said it was another achievement of his government that all important decisions were taken at a national level with consensus.
He mentioned the decision to launch operation Zarb-e-Azb which had full support of the nation.
He lauded the sacrifices of the people of Pakistan, the security forces and especially the young children of the Army Public School of Peshawar. He said no concession would be given to those who targetted the military personnel.
On Karachi operation, the Prime Minister said all political parties took a unanimous decision to rid the city of target killers, extortionists and organizations involved in spreading hate.
He said soon stringent measures would be taken to deweaponize the country.
He recalled his meeting with businessmen in the recent past, who particularly mentioned the improved law and order situation and the restoration of confidence of investors and international community.
The Prime Minister said with launch of National Action Plan, speedy military courts were established by a democratic government, which was reflective of the bold step to rid the country of extremists and terrorists.
He said the nation needed to stand united to make Pakistan crime free and confront face to face challenges.
He said the government would also improve the judicial system in coordination with the judiciary.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said the government was also taking steps to address the shortage of natural gas.
He asked the industrialists to start planning for new industrial units as his government was rapidly working on meeting the shortage of electricity and gas from the country.
He said work was already underway for getting natural gas from Turkmenistan through the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline project. He said he had been invited in December for the round-breaking of the project that would be completed in next four years.
He said work on Sukkur to Multan motorway was started and road projects across the country were going on.
Chairman FPCCI Mian Muhammad Adrees assured the Prime Minister of full cooperation from industrial and trade houses of the country and acknowledged the business friendly policies of the government.
He appreciated the improvement in law and order situation which had contributed to enhanced trade and economic activities.
The Chairman FPCCI informed the meeting that business community appreciated the cooperation of the government but would like its additional support, particularly with regard to facilitation in the area of ease of doing business.
He presented a set of proposals before the meeting for consideration to build the business-friendly atmosphere between the government and private sector.
Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar, Petroleum Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastagir were also present.