Pakistan back on growth trajectory: Tarin

Staff Reporter BOL News

14th Oct, 2021. 07:36 pm

Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin addresses a roundtable meeting, organised by the United States Pakistan Business Council (USPBC) in Washington DC. Photo: Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is back on a growth trajectory due to the visionary pro-growth policies of the government and this year the GDP is likely to touch 5 per cent, a senior official said on Thursday.

Addressing a roundtable meeting, organised by the United States Pakistan Business Council (USPBC) in Washington DC, the finance minister said the government is firmly committed to an all-inclusive and sustainable economic growth with key focus on “bottom-up” approach as envisaged by the prime minister.

The present government inherited a difficult economic situation. As a consequence of prudent policies and fiscal consolidation efforts, the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has exceeded the revenue collection target by approximately Rs180 billion during the first quarter of FY 2021/22.

Similarly, Pakistan’s exports are likely to cross $30 billion by the end of the financial year 2021/22, he added.

Moreover, the remittances have registered an increase of $2.7 billion during September 2021 and reached $8 billion during the first quarter of FY22. These figures project continuity in the momentum of GDP growth, which is likely to be close to 5 per cent during the current financial year, the finance minister said.

Tarin also said that the government is taking a number of initiatives to attract foreign investment in the country. For this purpose, full facilitation is being extended and all hurdles are being removed.

He quoted the example of MetLife whose longstanding issue had been recently resolved.

The government is firmly committed to provide an enabling environment for the foreign investors and businessmen, he said and invited the US enterprises to take advantage of the ample opportunities offered by the Special Economic Zones (SEZs) and affirmed full support and facilitation on the occasion.

Representatives from the US Chamber of Commerce, leading business enterprises, State Bank of Pakistan governor, finance secretary and the ambassador of Pakistan to the US participated in the meeting.

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