Alvi urges businessmen to empower disabled, women

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President Dr Arif Alvi on Wednesday urged the business community to employ persons with dis-abilities and women, and improve their business skills so as to empower them financially.

He emphasized the need for facilitating differ-ently-abled people by providing them easy access to buildings and workplaces, the President’s media office said.

The president made these remarks while talking to a delegation of Entrepreneurs Organization (EO), led by its President of Lahore Chapter, Mohsin Khawaja, at Aiwan-e-Sadr.

The president said the government was taking every possible measure to provide a level playing field to the business community and entrepreneurs.

He underlined that the business sector of the country needed to adopt an outward-looking ap-proach and remain abreast of the changing trends in the international markets, enabling them to compete in regional and global markets.

He highlighted that the main focus of the gov-ernment’s economic strategy was to enhance the country’s exports, reduce the trade deficit and sup-port the underprivileged sections of society.

The president said the investment policy of the country had been designed to provide a comprehen-sive framework for creating a conducive business environment and attracting foreign investors.

He said the ease of doing business reforms, initi-ated by the government, had led to improving Paki-stan’s ranking in the global Ease of Doing Business Index from 108 to 136.

Mohsin Khawaja informed the President that EO was playing an active role in the economic devel-opment of the country.

The delegation apprised the meeting about its contribution in exports and providing employment to the people.

It expressed satisfaction over the economic poli-cies of the Government and lauded its business and investment-friendly policies. The delegation also briefed the president about certain problems being faced by them. —APP

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