LAHORE: Minister Excise & Taxation Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman has said that load-shedding will completely end by 2018 and more foreign investment will come to the country.
Talking to various delegations of doctors and people at his residence on Tuesday, he said that Punjab government was making efforts to improve governance, establish rule of law, ensure merit based recruitments,besides creating one million jobs opportunites per year.
Reforms were being pursued for better service delivery,improvement of fiscal and financial arrangements and facilitating greater private sector participation in the economy, he added.
The Minister said that Punjab’s vision was to revive growth and private sector investment to complement medium term development framework 2014-18 and Punjab Growth Strategy to achieve the growth rate of 8 percent by 2018.
He said that overseas Pakistanis were the major source of foreign exchange for the country.”They are our ambassadors in respective countries and government is taking concrete steps for the welfare of overseas Pakistanis”.
The minister said an awareness campaign regarding fatal aspects of hypertension was needed,adding that a joint effort was required with the participation of government, physicians, NGOs, media and general public.
Responding to different challenges regarding healthcare in the province, he said Punjab government introduced reforms in health sector through regeneration of existing resources. He said the budget allocation for health and other social sectors was increased significantly.