Tuesday September 21, 2021

Role of private sector in economic growth highlighted

APP
July 26, 2021

LAHORE:South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation-Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAARC-CCI) President Iftikhar Ali Malik said on Sunday that a stronger private sector could help Pakistan in realising its economic potential.

He stated this while talking to a 20-member business delegation led by Zafar Bakhtawari, Secretary General of United Business Group (UBG), here in his office. Malik said that private sector could play an effective role in economic growth; generating job opportunities; promoting domestic industry especially the SMEs (small and medium sized enterprises) and boosting the overall exports.

He said Pakistan had tremendous untapped economic potential that needed to be fully exploited through viable policies, which would definitely help create new market opportunities, mobilise private investments to create more jobs and also help vanish the negative impact of Covid-19 on the economy.

Malik, who is also Chairman of the UBG, stressed the need for reforms in the wake of pandemic impact on the country's private sector especially on SMEs that drive much of Pakistan’s industrial production.

The SAARC-CCI President said Pakistan could foster a more innovative, competitive and entrepreneurial economy, and reinvigorate growth by addressing critical constraints that were limiting private sector investment.

He was of the view that a private sector-led growth agenda needed to be equitable that benefited SMEs, and offered new jobs to the youth.

Malik said that office-bearers of the FPCCI (Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry) should refrain from wasting the Federation’s resources.

He added that the FPCCI resources must be utilised for the promotion of trade activities and welfare the business community instead of obliging the blue-eyed of those office-bearers by creating unjustifiably new posts in the FPCCI on higher packages.