PM meets top businessmen, assures facilitation

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday reiterated that the government was striving hard to provide all possible facilities to businessmen in order to accelerate economic activity in the country.

“The government is also focusing on generating business activities in the country as it would create employment opportunities and reduce poverty,” the prime minister said while talking to a delegation of leading industrialists and businessmen at the PM Office.

Leading members of the business community, including Mian Muhammad Manshsa, Bashir Ali Muhammad, Ali Habib, Shahid Hussain, Khalil Sattar, Saqib Shirazi, Shahid Abdullah, Tariq Sehgal, Arif Habib, Musaddaq Zulqarnain and Sikandar Mustafa, were part of the delegation.

PM Imran invited the industrialists and businessmen to present their proposals to the government so that the country’s economy could be improved.

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The prime minister said the government would continue to hold consultations on all sectors of the economy, adding that meetings with business communities would be held regularly in this regard.

The business community on the occasion expressed complete trust in the government’s economic policies and lauded the economic team for taking the right steps.

The business community presented a number of proposals with regard to investment, privatization, tax revenue (generation and expansion), institutional reforms, annual budget, capacity building and job opportunities.

The prime minister directed his cabinet members and advisers to seriously review the proposals and to involve the business community in decisionmaking.

Planning Minister Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar, Maritime Minister Ali Haider Zaidi, Advisor to PM on Finance Dr Abdul Hafiz Shaikh, Advisor on Trade Abdur Razak Dawood, Advisor on Institutional Reforms Dr Ishrat Hussain and FBR Chairman Syed Shabbar Zaidi were also present on the occasion.

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  1. PM meeting with the top businessmen of Pakistan is, no doubt, a welcoming step. Now a similar gesture should also be shown for the representatives of working class community, at grass root level, both male and female, of various sectors of the economy and listen their grievances/problems in a bid to come out with the right strategy of business /economic reforms, because they are the real pillars of the economy, to make it or to break it.

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