Industrial development vital for economic growth and job creation: PM Imran

08:37 AM | 1 Oct, 2019
Industrial development vital for economic growth and job creation: PM Imran
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ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Imran Khan chaired a meeting of the Economic Team of the Government on Monday.

The meeting was briefed on the outcomes of the steps being taken by the Government for sustainable growth and economic consolidation, increased productivity, ease of doing business while removing hindrances in the way of investment as well as protection to the existing and prospective investors.

Other important issues discussed during the meeting included poverty alleviation, infrastructure and communication development, revitalizing and mobilizing the dead investment, disaster management and improved coordination among the concerned Ministries and divisions for smooth and timely implementation of the projects.

The meeting was also briefed on the investment in the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and Construction sector.

The premier said that industrial development is vital for economic growth and job creation.

The focus must be made on those projects that yield high productivity while removing the hindrances in the way simultaneously, he further added.

The prime minister observed that without giving protection to the business community, the economy cannot flourish; we must raise the confidence of the business community for increased investment in all the sectors.

He directed to include all the poor strata of society under the Ehsaas programme including the chronically poor, extremely poor and marginalized poor segments of the society.

He was also briefed about the inclusion of women for the balanced economic development of the country.

The meeting emphasized that women should be given incentives and facilitation for their contribution to socio-economic development.

SAPM on Information & Broadcasting, while citing the Malaysian Model of growth said that empowerment of women and facilitation would contribute significantly towards socio-economic growth of Pakistan .

Chairman NDMA briefed the meeting on proposals regarding Communication and Infrastructure development, mobilization of dead investment for reaping investment benefits in the short term.

The Chairman also proposed the creation of Disaster Risk Financing in the wake of frequent natural disasters and shortage of funds earmarked currently to respond in case of any eventuality.

The meeting was also briefed on the proposed lease plan of Pakistan Steel Mills and the interest shown by the Russian and Chinese companies, the Radio Pakistan reported.

The Prime Minister directed the concerned to come up with a comprehensive plan regarding the proposed lease of Pakistan Steel Mills in a separate meeting at the earliest.