Gov’t committed to ensure ease of doing business, FDI’s in the country: PM

Food security is of utmost importance to Pakistan in the next ten years: PM

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Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed the authorities concerned to immediately start work on the housing projects for the poor and low income groups.

He was chairing a meeting in Islamabad today (Friday) which reviewed progress on a range of projects including Ravi Urban Development, Central Business District, relocation of Walton airport and the one of providing low cost housing units to the people in the surroundings of Punjab.

The Prime Minister directed that timelines should be set for completion of the low cost housing units.

The meeting was informed that low cost houses of three to five Marla will initially be in the twenty five to twenty seven districts of Punjab and later its scope will be expanded to eighty seven different locations. In the initial phase, the Punjab government will provide land and capital for the project.

Regarding Ravi Urban Development Project, Prime Minister Imran Khan said this is of immense importance for the socio economic development of the people of Lahore. This will not only create economic activities but also provide job opportunities to the people.

The meeting was informed that matters pertaining to the design of Ravi city project have reached the final stage. It was informed that steps are being taken to hold an investors conference. The meeting was also informed about the progress made so far for the acquisition of land for the project.

Regarding the Central Business District Project and relocation of Walton airport, the meeting was informed that the commercial, retail and residential zoning of the projects is being done as per the international standards.

Prime Minister Imran Khan says the government is committed to provide all possible facilitation to international companies to invest in various sectors of Pakistan.

Talking to a delegation of Dhabi Group of companies in Islamabad on Friday, he said Pakistan offers enormous investment opportunities.

The Prime Minister said the government has taken multiple steps to ensure ease of doing business in the country, including assistance being provided to foreign investors under one-window facilitation.

Expressing confidence in the investment-friendly policies of the government, the delegation appreciated Imran Khan’s vision to promote investment in the country and measures to facilitate foreign investment companies. It also expressed keen interest in increasing investment in Pakistan in future.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed to take all necessary steps to increase exports on priority basis.

Chairing the weekly review meeting of priority sectors in Islamabad, the Prime Minister called for the formulation of a comprehensive action plan to increase the exports of valuable items.

Chairing the meeting on Knowledge Economy, the Prime Minister sought suggestions for increasing the development budget for education.

The Prime Minister was briefed on the strategy for education and promotion of 12 modern technologies of great importance in the future and was informed that Pakistan Austrian University of Applied Sciences and Engineering at Haripur Hazara has been completed in a record time of 2.5 years.

Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said the teaching of modern sciences is very important to change the destiny of the nation and for this purpose establishment of international standard institutions is a good step.

In another meeting on Agriculture, the Prime Minister was briefed on the progress of the Food Security Dashboard set up in collaboration with the Sustainable Development Policy Institute.

The Prime Minister was informed that the capacity of the relevant departments of the provinces is being enhanced to compile data for decision making.

Imran Khan updated on strict monitoring of sugar sales and obtaining information from flour mills to get accurate data.

Appreciating the measures Prime Minister said food security is of utmost importance to Pakistan in the next ten years so the plan should be strictly followed.

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