Ef­fort on for so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment: Kh. Saad

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

LA­HORE: Fed­eral Min­is­ter for Rail­ways Khawaja Saad Rafique has said that govern­ment was well aware of the prob­lems of busi­ness com­mu­nity and was un­der­tak­ing ev­ery ef­fort for so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of trade and in­dus­try peo­ple. He was talk­ing to Pak­istan In­dus­tri­al­ists & Traders As­so­ci­a­tions

Front (PIAF) lead­ers and mem­bers at a re­cep­tion hosted by the Front's mem­ber Chaudhry Zul­fiqar Nazir here at Model Town last Mon­day night. The Fed­eral Min­is­ter added that govern­ment aimed at boost­ing trade ac­tiv­i­ties and fa­cil­i­tat­ing the busi­ness com­mu­nity. Work was in progress round the clock and hope­fully, most of prob­lems of busi­ness com­mu­nity would be re­solved in­clud­ing en­ergy cri­sis, the mother of all eco­nomic prob­lems, by the end of 2018. He said, "We have put the sys­tem on track and with the help and un­der­stand­ing of pri­vate sec­tor, we will def­i­nitely over­come the prob­lems of busi­ness com­mu­nity in stages." The Fed­eral Min­is­ter un­der­scored the need for proac­tive role of pri­vate sec­tor in as­sist­ing the govern­ment in for­mu­la­tion of con­ge­nial poli­cies and af­ter­wards, en­sur­ing the con­ti­nu­ity of those poli­cies.

While, the PIAF Chair­man Ir­fan Iqbal Sheikh wel­comed the govern­ment's stance and said that busi­ness com­mu­nity al­ways stood with the govern­ment but this com­mu­nity must not be in­volved in non-busi­ness ac­tiv­i­ties and all is­sues must be tack­led on ta­ble with mu­tual un­der­stand­ings. He was of the view that govern­ment's ini­tia­tives could only be suc­cess­ful if sec­onded by busi­ness com­mu­nity so the busi­ness com­mu­nity must be taken aboard be­fore fi­nal­iz­ing the poli­cies. In his speech, for­mer PIAF & LCCI Pres­i­dent Muham­mad Ali Mian said that to­day's Pak­istan was bet­ter than that of year 2013, and it would be far bet­ter by the end of year 2018, as a num­ber of en­ergy and in­fras­truc­tural de­vel­op­ment projects would be com­pleted till then.

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