PIAF welcomes Pakistan’s outlook upgradation

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Staff Reporter

Lahore

Chairman Pakistan Industrial and Traders Association Front (PIAF) Mian Nauman Kabir has said that the PIAF welcomes Pakistan’s outlook upgradation to Stable from Negative by Moody’s, calling for improving economic indicators so that the local investors along with the world’s leading financial institutions could also give Pakistan their vote of confidence, who are presently facing serious stagnation and high cost of production.
In a statement issued here on Sunday, Mian Nauman Kabir observed, “It is good news for the country that Moody’s rating for Pakistan has moved from negative to stable, showing the world that the reforms brought about by Pakistan in its economy are being appreciated by the world’s leading financial institutions.”
He said that an unprecedented $1 billion portfolio investment had been made, as Pakistan’s exchange rate is now being viewed as stable and people foresee a good return on their investments. Counting other positive aspects, he said that Foreign Direct Investment has witnessed a 236 percent increase compared to last year and in October this investment was $650 million.
The Chairman PIAF also said that it is appreciable that the country has experienced a 16 percent increase in tax revenues over the past five months and government expenditures should also be tightly controlled, he warned. He demanded that no supplementary grant should be given and neither is someone allowed needless expenditures so that Pakistan’s primary balance could be in the surplus, he suggested.
Mian Nauman Kabir said that the cost of doing business has increased manifold, leading to almost flat exports volumes. He emphasized that reduction in inputs is the long awaited demand of the value added industry to make the Pakistani exporters competitive in the international market. He said that the poor performance in exports has added burden on the national economy.
“Our industry has a potential to double its exports if it is provided a level-playing field. Unless and until the cost of doing business is not reduced desired results for increasing exports would not be achieved.”