LAHORE

Minister for Finance, Senator Muhammad Ishaq Dar on Sunday said the government would offer a package of incentives to exporters aiming to accelerate the economic growth and industrialization across the country.

Speaking to a delegation of trade leaders comprising President Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry Muhammad Adrees, Chief Executive Trade Development Authority of Pakistan S M Muneer, Vice President SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Chairman United Business Group Iftikhar Ali Malik, General Secretary United Business Group Zubair Tufail, Vice President FPCCI Hameed Akhtar Chadda and others, the finance minister said that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif always attached great importance to the welfare of traders and business community and committed to resolve their all genuine problems on top priority.

He said that it was first time in the history that Prime Minister invited all top leaders of chambers to Prime Minister House to have direct one-on-one interaction and marathon sessions with them for having first hand information and in depth knowledge about their problems being confronted by them.

Muhammad Ishaq Dar said that all important cabinet members of water and power, planning, petroleum and commerce ministries accompanied by their secretaries including chairman FBR were also present. He said that Prime Minister gave a patient hearing to all sector heads of private sector and assured them to redress their legitimate grievances.

He said that before giving final shape to strategic trade policy framework (STPF) 2001-2018, viable and concrete proposals put forth by the exporters associations and other heads of chambers would be incorporated. He said that on Prime Minister’s special directive, all such proposals sent by Chairman United Business Group Iftikhar Ali Malik were also being examined and thoroughly studied for implementation.

Finance Minister said that around 43 exporters associations and 12 sectoral groups drawn across the country besides FPCCI presented their point of views how to accelerate the pace of economic development by exploiting all indigenous resources and promotion of Pak exports.