Govt unveils 'Economic Revival Plan'

Govt unveils 'Economic Revival Plan'

Islamabad (Web Desk/Agencies): The federal government on Tuesday unveiled an elaborated ‘Economic Revival Plan’ with a view to capitalise Pakistan's untapped potential in key sectors, fast-track the development projects and facilitate the investment.

According to a press release issued by the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), the plan was unveiled during a high-level meeting chaired by the Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and attended by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), chief ministers, federal and provincial ministers and high-level government officials.

The Economic Revival Plan envisages capitalizing Pakistan’s untapped potential in key sectors of defence production, agriculture, livestock, minerals, mining, information technology and energy, through indigenous development as well as investments from friendly countries.

To fast-track the development of projects, the establishment of Special Investment Facilitation Council (SIFC) has been undertaken to act as a ‘Single Window’ interface for the potential investors as well as to adopt a unified approach.

The setup will shorten heretofore cumbersome and lengthy business processes through a cooperative and collaborative ‘whole of the government approach’ with representation of all stakeholders. It is aimed at creating horizontal-vertical synergy between federation and provinces; facilitating timely decision making; avoiding duplication of effort; and ensuring swift project implementation.

The high-ranking participation from federal and provincial governments, clearly manifests the national resolve to turn around the economy despite all odds.

The COAS, speaking at the occasion, assured Pakistan Army’s all out support to complement the government’s efforts for Economic Revival Plan, considered fundamental to socio-economic prosperity of Pakistanis and reclaiming Pakistan’s rightful stature among the comity of nations.

PM Shehbaz recalled that his government inherited an economy which was on brink of collapse. With bold and difficult decisions, it is now being steered towards growth and development. There are, however, massive challenges ahead, he added.

He said export oriented foreign direct investments held the key to economic revival and the government has, therefore decided to adopt a holistic/whole-of-government approach which fostered partnerships within the federal and provincial governments for effective implementation and execution.

The investors would be given primacy and fast track approvals, through a well-coordinated approach, he added.

The prime minister observed that the expected investments would create jobs and livelihoods for the youth and women and advised that that the focus should be on empowering young and females to realise their full potential.

“Let us resolve to work together, leave no stone unturned and be single minded in our focus and direction. We can transform the destiny of Pakistan and its people. It would, however, not happen without hard work and staying the course on the path of progress and development,” the prime minister remarked.

He said that Pakistan and Pakistanis deserved nothing less from those who have been bestowed the responsibility to administer the country by Allah Almighty and the people of Pakistan.