APBF urges govt to adopt holistic approach toward agriculture, industry

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KARACHI

All Pakistan Business Forum President Ibrahim Qureshi has asked the new government to adopt a holistic approach aimed at developing both the agricultural and industrial sectors in order to increase exports of the country.

Pakistan has an untapped export potential of $ 13 billion, as there is potential in home textile products, apparels, leather products and cereals to double the exports within a year, he said in a statement.

Ibrahim Qureshi said that there is a need to devise a comprehensive strategy to promote the industry on a commercial basis, which will not only support the manufacturers but also increase our export. He said good working environment, will enhance the capacity of our workers enabling them to compete internationally.

He hoped that the new cabinet will pursue radical economic reforms through a long-term stable administration. The ministry of commerce should explore potential international markets to enhance exports.

It should work to search new trade avenues and markets in different world regions, as the new trade policy was focused on improving supply chain, enhancing the use of technology and providing competitiveness in a bid to enhance the volume of international and internal trade.

He demanded the government to offer a special package of power and gas tariffs for rapid industrial growth on the pattern of China. As a result of high tariffs and taxation, cost of production is increasing and cannot compete in the global market thus badly hampering export substantially.

Moreover, it is essential to have an agricultural policy that increases the supply of raw material to agro-based industries, both domestic and foreign, such that it can help domestic textile producers regain lost competitiveness in the world market.