ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning Development and Reforms, Prof Ahsan Iqbal said on Thursday that restoring peace and maintaining law and order was high on present government’s agenda and political instability and incompetence inflicted a heavy cost to us in the past which was even greater than corruption.
The federal minister Chaired a workshop on vision 2025 by McKenzie & Company World’s leading management consultancy firm, which was part of consultative meeting in connection with development of plan, its targets, implementation mechanism and strategy.
Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister, in his opening remarks said we seen a great knowing-doing gap which is one of the symptoms of any sick organization.
Focus of our fundamental challenges is implementation of 2025 plan on execution and delivery. We have to rigorously implement what is good for our country. It is our desire to develop vision 2025 on the basis of the people’s wisdom and broad-based ownership. Today development is not a rocket science; right things done at right time bring right results”.
“We have recently witnessed Pakistan’s first democratic transition which means that Pakistan is heading towards political stability which is one of the non-economic prerequisites of development.The other one is peace and solidarity, which we have not been able to achieve so far,” the minister added.
The minister said that, in 1960’s Pakistan was thought to be the next rising star of Asia, after Japan, with exports size to that so South Korea.
But later on due to lack of continuity of policies and political instability, we lost the race.
“Our focus is one mobilizing indigenous resource. Pakistan’s tax base shall be widened, investments encouraged and exports doubled. Pakistan’s location provides us great opportunity for harnessing potential or regional trade. For this purpose government is planning to upgrade infrastructure” he said.
“Through collective enterprise of Pakistan’s nation we will soon bounce back as one of the fastest growing economies in Asia. Pakistan’s greatest potential lies in its human resource, particularly youth. Pakistan 2025 aims to develop better education and skills and focus on job creation” The minister added. NNI