APML – Man­i­festo

Southasia - - Cover Story -

• Safe­guard Pak­istan from ex­ter­nal and in­ter­nal threats. • Fa­cil­i­tate GDP growth to an an­nual 6%. Con­trol bor­row­ing, re­duce the fis­cal deficit, mon­i­tor in­fla­tion, bring ev­ery­one in the tax net, con­trol the bal­ance of pay­ments, en­hance ex­ports through mar­ket di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion, and draw in­vest­ment into Pak­istan through an in­vestor­friendly en­vi­ron­ment. • Ex­tend­ing road and rail links into western China, Afghanistan, and Cen­tral Asian states. Gwadar Port to be made into an 18 me­ter deep sea­port. • Gen­er­ate elec­tric­ity by ex­ploit­ing coal re­serves in Thar; im­port gas from Iran, Qatar or Turk­menistan to cater for in­dus­trial de­mand; in­crease hy­dro elec­tric­ity, nu­clear and al­ter­nate source of en­ergy and re­duce de­pen­dence on gas/oil ther­mal power. • Pro­vide one-win­dow in­cen­tives to over­seas Pak­istani in­vestors. Short-term fo­cus will re­main on tex­tile while a long-term strat­egy to di­ver­sify. • Give spe­cial fo­cus to­wards vo­ca­tional train­ing and skill de­vel­op­ment and grad­u­ally bring the ed­u­ca­tion bud­get to 6% of GDP in 5 years.

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