LAHORE, (APP): State Minister for Information and Broadcasting Farrukh Habib has said that all over the world, human capital is considered an asset and stressed the need to invest in the youth of the country.
He said this while addressing the 2nd International Conference on Business and Commerce at Hailey College of Commerce, Punjab University, on Saturday.
He said, “Our focus should be on bringing the industry and academia closer to produce the desired results.”
The state minister said that it was the age of knowledge economy and the world was changing rapidly, adding that the economy could not be strengthened only by depending on conventional things.
Farrukh said, “This year our tax collection target is Rs 6,000 billion.” Out of that amount, Rs 3,000 billion would be paid as instalments of loans while almost Rs 3,400 billion would be distributed among provinces, he added.
Farrukh said, “Prime Minister Imran Khan emphasizes wealth creation and to increase the size of country’s economy.”
He said that it was imperative to increase the size of the country’s economy to properly invest in people. He said that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government had introduced the ‘Kamyab Jawan Programme’ to facilitate the youth, adding that 25,000 young people had been given loans worth Rs 30 billion.
He said that under the ‘Skill for All’, a scholarships programme had been started, adding that there was huge potential in the IT sector.
Farrukh said, “We have a good opportunity to provide skills to our young population, especially in blockchain technology, mobile applications, web designing, etc.”
He said all these initiatives would help in increasing the country’s IT exports.
This year, the country’s goods exports would touch a figure of $30 billion and IT exports would cross $3 billion, he hoped.
He said that almost 10 million people in the country had been administered the coronavirus vaccine.
Farrukh Habib said that the government was focusing on creating scholarships for the young people and under the ‘Ehsaas Programme’ those families who earn less or up to Rs 45,000, Ehsaas Scholarship Portal was open till Nov 30.
He said that during the last one-and-a-half years, almost 150,000 scholarships had been given and 50,000 scholarships would be provided during the current year as well.
Under the ‘Kamyab Pakistan Programme’ Rs 500,000 would be given to people who wanted to start their businesses, adding that the money would be interest-free.
The state minister said, “The country has a lot of potential all we need is to follow our direction with a focused approach.”
Senate Deputy Chairman Mirza Muhammad Afridi, speaking on the occasion, stressed the need for promoting the country’s commodities through value addition.
Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Niaz Ahmad Akhtar, Hailey College of Commerce Principal Dr Zulfiqar Ahmad and others also spoke.
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