Ahsan says economy growing well
Islamabad—Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms, Ahsan Iqbal, Monday, announced to launch an economic long march on August 11 on the occasion of the second anniversary of the government’s Vision 2025 programme.
“We will not only present scorecard of our achievements during the last two years but also set our targets for next 10 years. The slogan of our economic long march will be “Let’s work harder, better & smarter”, he said while addressing a press conference here.
He said,” Our opponents talk about political long marches but the country needs a decade of stability & continuity in policies for sustainable economic development. In the past many times we rose but crash landed due to political crisis. This time we will not let anyone play with country’s future. Pakistan is rising and continues to rise. We are launching a campaign “I am Rising Pakistan” in which youth of Pakistan will participate. We invite every Pakistani to become symbol of rising Pakistan.
The Minister expressed the confidence that after 2018, the next government would continue to implement 10 years road?map initiated by the present government. He said, the country could not achieve economic prosperity unless it increased productivity, quality and innovation.
About protest rallies announced by opposition parties, he said, these attempts would miserably fail as people were interested only in development and prosperity of the country.
He pointed out that people had supported policies of PM Nawaz Sharif in every election after 2013 whether local bodies, Cantonment Board, National and Provincial by?polls, Gilgit?Baltistan and Azad Kashmir elections and emphasized upon the opponents to respect peoples’ verdict. He though the entire nation was focussed on vision of progress and development being carried out under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. He said, the confidence of foreign investors has increased manifolds due to the policies of present government as reflected in latest survey of Overseas Investors Chamber.
The Minister noted that there is no scandal against the government in last three years and transparency international had also expressed confidence in the policies of the government through improved ratings for Pakistan.
He recalled, the Vision 2025 was announced two years ago after complete consultation with all the stakeholders while provinces were also taken on board to make the country a model economy. Pakistan, he pointed out, was being termed as an emerging economy and all the leading & credible international organizations were viewing us a turned?around economy.
He gave statistics regarding GDP growth which has increased from 3.7% to 4.7%, remittances have doubled to $20billion, Foreign reserves have swelled from $10 billion to record $23 billion while Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) index has rocketed from 12,000 to nearly 40,000. Aren’t these indicators of rising Pakistan? He questioned.