FAISALABAD, (APP): State Minister for Information and Broadcasting Farrukh Habib said that Pakistan has become a haven for new investment due to the policies of the PTI government and various countries are launching joint ventures with their Pakistani counterparts.
He said this here on Saturday while inaugurating a gloves factory in Allama Iqbal Special Economic Zone near Sahianwala. It is a joint venture between Germany and Pakistan.
He said that the coronavirus pandemic had hit hard the business but the economic growth in Pakistan continued to rise whereas the businesses in India, UK, Germany, and other developed countries were squeezing. He said that our core issues were foreign loans and to overcome it we had only two options. One was that expatriate Pakistanis should deposit maximum remittance to Pakistan. They did this job and remittances stood at 30 billion US dollars. Similarly, we should concentrate on enhancing our exports for which the government was consulting industrialists and providing them the best possible facilities within the given circumstances.
State Minister for Information and Broadcasting Farrukh Habib said that our agriculture sector was growing at a much faster pace while our growth stood at 4 percent. He said that our focus was to incentivize local and international investors. In this connection, three special economic zones were being developed including Allama Iqbal Special Economic Zone under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Allama Iqbal Special Economic Zone was fully equipped with the latest facilities and a dedicated grid station was also approved it besides supplying gas to this zone, he added.
He said that due to the special interest of Prime Minister Imran Khan, work on SEZs had been expedited. Policies were being carved out in consultation with the industrialists which yielded positive results.
Farrukh Habib said, “This gloves factory is also an export-oriented project which will not only enhance our exports but also attract other investors to come to Faisalabad and launch joint ventures on the same pattern.”
He said that China had dragged out 700 million people from poverty and for this purpose, the only option for us was to enhance our exports which will also create maximum job opportunities for the unemployed workers.
Mian Aslam Iqbal Provincial Minister for Industry, Commerce and Investment said that “I am proud to be a part of the government which has put Pakistan on sustained economic growth”.
He said that before the PTI government the looms sector was in bad shape. Prime Minister Imran Khan announced a historic industrial policy that played a pivotal role in the revival of this profitable sector, he added.
He said that the refund system had been made easy and simplified. Similarly, the government successfully launched Kamyab Jawan program which helped our talented youth to start their own business instead of running after the jobs. He said that the government ensured easy availability of cheap loans through the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) so that new industry could be installed in the country.
He said that the federal government was also introducing reforms in all sectors which will yield positive results on the overall economy.
MNA Khurram Shehzad said that Faisalabad had emerged as one of the biggest industrial zone of Pakistan adding 80 percent of industrial units installed in this city were export-oriented which will materialize the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan to give a quantum jump to the exports.
Provincial Minister for Chief Minister’s Inspection Team Muhammad Ajmal and others were also present on the occasion.
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