Published On: Sat, Jan 18th, 2014
Published in Category: Islamabad

Ahsan chalks out planning commission’s responsibilities for economic uplift

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning development and reforms, Professor Ahsan Iqbal Friday said that planning commission’s role is to figure out emerging challenges of economy by looking at the horizons and to spot opportunities that can be harnessed in future to grow country’s economy.

Iqbal was addressing second meeting of the Advisory Committee of Planning Commission which was presided over by him here on Friday.

He added that government has arranged consultative meeting on Jan 24 to reassess economic revival and growth in the country.

The entire stake holder would be invited in the meeting and after their input a National Business and growth revival program would be devised which later be presented to the Prime minister.

“Collaboration of public sector, private sector and academia holds key to our success, Pakistan needs to grow at over 7% annual growth rate to achieve the goal of becoming an upper middle income country up till 2025,” the minister added.

The members of the Advisory Committee, hailing from parliament, private sector and academia, highlighted the need to lay greater emphasis on the development of human resource and institutional capacity in Vision 2025.

It was also highlighted that Pakistan should identify specific drivers of growth like the private sector in agriculture, industry and services to help the economy gain momentum.

The federal Minister, Prof. Ahsan Iqbal constituted a high-level committee headed by Dr. Gulfraz Ahmed, Executive Director IIPCR, Islamabad to start working on Shale Gas development in Pakistan by engaging professionals of petroleum and gas sectors in collaboration with SDPI.

It was decided that the Advisory Committee would meet after every two month to brainstorm on emerging development challenges of the country.

In next Advisory Committee meeting, members will deliberate on opportunities in governance and agriculture related issues.
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