Businesspersons ask PM to promote industries, reform tax system, up exports

A delegation of prominent businessmen from Karachi call on Prime Minister Imran Khan at the Governor's House

Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that different representatives of the world’s leading companies expressed interest to invest in Pakistan during his recent visit to Davos where he participated and addressed special sessions of the World Economic Forum besides meeting businesspersons and other leading figures.

Speaking with a delegation of business personalities in Karachi, he said that Pakistan’s manpower had been its real asset. He observed that Malaysia had also undergone the same problems but they made progress. Keeping such precedent insight, they had been fighting corruption because unless it is rooted out, the country could not make progress, he said.

The prime minister said that the reforms process usually takes time with different hurdles, but the government is determined to introduce reforms on a permanent basis. Tariq Moeenuddin, Saeedullah Wali, Ali Habib, Khalid Mansoor, Bashir Jan Muhammad, Tariq Rafi, Bairam Avari, Anjum Nisar, Agha Shahab Ahmed, Habibullah, Shaikh Umar Rehan, Naseem Akhtar, and others called on the prime minister.

Imran Khan observed that they had been passing through hard times due to the corruption and mismanagement of the previous governments. Sindh Governor Imran Ismail, Minister for Planning Asad Umar, Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vowda, Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Zaidi, Adviser Dr. Hafeez Shaikh and State Bank Governor Reza Baqir was also present during the meeting.

The prime minister said that the government’s economic team had been working hard so that facilities could be extended for attracting investment. He assured the delegation that ministers were always available for the resolution of their issues and he himself is supervising the process.

The delegation expressed confidence in the economic reforms and lauded the prime minister and his economic team for a reduction in the current account deficit, the official hand out reported. The delegation also gave proposals for the promotion of industries, reforms in the tax system and an increase in exports.


A delegation of prominent Pakistani professionals working in various sectors in Qatar call on Prime Minister Imran Khan
A delegation of prominent Pakistani professionals working in various sectors in Qatar call on Prime Minister Imran Khan

Speaking with businessman Arif Habib-led delegation of Pakistanis working in different sectors in Qatar, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that the provision of the favourable environment to businessmen and investors was the top priority of the government. He said that the business-friendly policies and ease-of-doing-business are a source of encouragement for foreigners to invest in Pakistan.

He termed overseas nationals a big asset for Pakistan for contributing immensely to the national economy through foreign exchange. He said that the youth, particularly the educated and skilled segment, deserved special attention and mentioned that the federal government launched a project for providing them job opportunities.

Imran Khan said that the Pakistani workforce is playing an important role in Qatar’s progress and development. The meeting discussed ways to strengthen trade relations between Pakistan and Qatar, particularly Qatari investment and employment opportunities for the Pakistani skilled persons.

Qatar Stock Exchange Director for Product and Market Development Mohsin Mujtaba, Ishaq Barni of the Qatar Financial Centre, Al-Rayyan Investment Senior Director Akbar Khan, FIFA World Cup Qatar 2020 Legal Director Aarij Syed Wasti, Qatari Ministry of Economic Affairs Chief Economist for Economic Policy and Research Irfan Aleem were included in the delegation.

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